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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:
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!
Re: Plants growing into bogwood
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.
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
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.
When the plant has grown on to the wood, cn you not remove the cotton/fishing line etc?
well thats the great thing about cotton, it is a natural fibre so it will degrade in the water- no need to remove it!
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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