How to plant Java Ferns
As I search through old threads for my answer, I am realizing how much research I should have done before starting my new 10 gallon tank. Old posts about substrate, lighting, ferts, etc., have been really useful.
However, all that aside I have a question about how to plant Java Ferns? An old post by Byron said that they don't need to be bound into the substrate? So how do I "plant" them and keep them anchored? Do they latch on to wood or rocks? I was moving some pieces to my new tank and realized that all of the root system was sitting on top of my substrate...and here I thought it was planted this whole time. (I was, after all, the one who "planted" it!)
You either attach them to DW or rocks, which ever one you have available and yes correct you do not bury them in the substrate (just like Anubias). Here's a shot of my new 10g with Java's, hope its good enough for you to see.
how did you attach them? once i realized my java fern's roots weren't underneath, I pulled them up and they've been just sitting on top of the substrate. and do java ferns thrive with lower lighting? I just took out a 40W from my 10 gallon so now there's just one 20 watt. That's still 2 watts per gal, more than what you light your 10 g with, right?
I use fishing line to attach mine and after a few weeks they are attached to the driftwood and I cut the fishing line and remove it. Java Fern (in my experience) does better under low light conditions so I tend to place it in the *darker* areas of my tank (back corners, under driftwood overhangs).
Agree with Angel and Kym on all points mentioned. Another trick for JF is to "wedge" it between two rocks or two pieces of wood, or carefully push some of the rhizome or roots into a crevice in wood, etc. It will very quickly root itself if not disturbed. B.
Some of mine are wedged between rock, others are tied down with regular sowing thread to the rocks or DW for few weeks and then I cut the string off.
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