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post #1 of 8 Old 02-07-2009, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
Plants Achored to Driftwood?

Hi, I'm new to planted tanks and have a couple quick questions. I have an undergravel filter, and I have been told that plants are not compatible with them. However, when browsing driftwood, I came across some peices that said they would make good anchors for ferns or moss. First of all, if I do this so the plants isn't rooted in the gravel, will this eliminate the undergravel filter problem? If so, how do you anchor a fern to a piece of driftwood?


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post #2 of 8 Old 02-08-2009, 12:13 AM
2 most common ways are to tie the fern to the wood loosely with fishing line. make sure to tie down the roots as much as possible.

the other option, and route i go personally, is to drill a small hole in the driftwood, and thread the roots through the hole and out the other end. of course the drilling is irreversible, but if that doesnt bother you, go for it.

as for the UGF. get rid of it. its more of a hassle then anything.
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post #3 of 8 Old 02-08-2009, 02:42 AM
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I used black cotton thread to tie anubias to driftwood.
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post #4 of 8 Old 02-08-2009, 06:27 AM
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just something to add.........
when you attach the plant with any kind of thread,please make sure
it if fixed firmly.
i didn't fix mine tight enough,it came loose and a catfish got tangled. !

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #5 of 8 Old 02-08-2009, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
Thanks for all of the advice, guys. Is there any way to remove the UG filter without dismantling the whole tank?
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post #6 of 8 Old 02-09-2009, 03:11 AM
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i've never had a ug,hopefully someone who has will be along
to help you out.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #7 of 8 Old 02-09-2009, 03:19 AM
if its the standard 2 tray setup, just move the decor to half of the tank and remove one side. move the decor to the other side and remove the other tray. keep in mind this will kick up a bunch of detrius, so you will want to do it on a waterchange day
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post #8 of 8 Old 02-09-2009, 09:31 AM
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You don't have to switch filters if you don't want to. I've been using an UGF for 18 years with no problems. (actually as far back as 30 years) They work well for Bio filtering, are cheap and are easy to maintain. But I will agree that if you intend to switch to plants that are heavy root feeders, you'll want to switch filters. I'm in that same boat. I like the UGF but I'm having problems cleaning the gravel now that I have so many plants. I don't want to disturb the roots. But until you get to that point, go ahead and continue to use the UGF.
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