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Kathryn 11-12-2006 05:22 AM

Plants growing into bogwood
 
I've seen many tanks with plants growing of the bogwood. how do you actually do that, I've heard you tie the plant to the wood, but what next?
I think it looks really nice, so, if it's not too difficult to do, I'll give it a try!
What plants are good to do it with too? :roll:
thanks! :D

xingumike 11-12-2006 05:53 AM

Not all plants will root into driftwood, the ones i can think of that will are Java moss, Java Fern and Anubias, there are probably more but im crap with names.

I have just tried it with Java moss as it is an undemanding plant that doesn't require a lot of light or CO2 (and its cheap!), i simply wrapped the moss around the wood i wanted to use and the used some fishing line to secure it to the wood. Placed the wood in the tank and voila it started to grow!! Some of the fishing line has come loose now but the moss seems to have rooted to the wood already so i just cut off the loose wire and let the plant be and it seems to be fine.

The alternative is to buy it ready rooted from a LFS, may cost a little more than buying the plants and wood seperately but some lovely pieces can be found (i picked up a nice bit with some amazon sword type plant yesterday) and this has the advantage of already being established onto the wood so its literally a case of placing it where you want in the aquarium.

hope this helps, dont be daunted by them, i know nothing about plants and mine seems to have worked, give it a whirl!

Mike

jones57742 11-12-2006 06:21 AM

Re: Plants growing into bogwood
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kathryn
I've seen many tanks with plants growing of the bogwood. how do you actually do that, I've heard you tie the plant to the wood, but what next?

Watch them grow.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kathryn
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What plants are good to do it with too?

I have a couple of species of anubias.

TR

BTW: I use black or dark brown thread and the thread is virtually invisible in the aquarium. With enough lighting the anubias will attach to the wood in a couple of weeks.

Kathryn 11-12-2006 12:27 PM

thanks both of you! I'm glad it's that simply, I'll get a little java fern or something similar soon, and give it a go. Thanks for your help!! :D

Andrew 11-12-2006 05:02 PM

use cotton thread to wrap the roots into the gaps of the wood. Cotton will degrade as it is a natural substance, if you use fishing ling it will always remain in the tank.

Kathryn 11-13-2006 03:22 AM

When the plant has grown on to the wood, cn you not remove the cotton/fishing line etc?
Thanks. :)

jones57742 11-13-2006 04:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kathryn
When the plant has grown on to the wood, cn you not remove the cotton/fishing line etc?
Thanks. :)

I guess you could but my tank is so deep that I have never tried it as the thread is invisible in the tank (ie. trying to use scissors at 24" depth without disturbing the plant would be hard for me even with my long arms).

TR

Andrew 11-13-2006 01:54 PM

well thats the great thing about cotton, it is a natural fibre so it will degrade in the water- no need to remove it!

fish_4_all 11-13-2006 08:05 PM

A lot of crtyptocoryne species can be grown in driftwood/bogwood. You can either tie them to it or you can push the roots into a crevice.


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