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Old 20-05-09, 15:11
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Java Fern Planted on Sponges

I origanally posted this on Plecofanatics quite a while ago
N2Biomes kindly reworded it for me
Thought members on here might find it helpful

Here's a very simple idea for just growing Java fern (or other plants such as Anubias) on sponges and attaching them to the back of the tank. All you need are sheets of aquaruim filter sponge 1 cm thick. The ones that come with the Fluval 4 plus internal filter are perfect.

Using a large needle and thread sew on 4 aquaruim suckers to the back of each sponge
Then sew on pieces of java fern by the roots to the front of the sponge and stick it to the back wall.

Note: If you are intending on placing these java fern sponges in a tank with Pseudacanthicus, Panaques, or other woodeater/grazer plecs, you should first cover the sponge with a fine-mesh filter bag or sew an old nylon stocking to the sponge before attaching the suction cups and the plants. In their search for food items, the plecs may injest small pieces of the artificial foam. Another option is to extablish the sponges in another tank, moving them into your plec tank when the sponge is fully covered with java fern.

Once a java sponge gets established it looks great! The best way to do it is to have java fern on the usual bogwood in the middle and the Java fern on sponges as a background.

Here's a shot of our Royals tank just after putting in new sponges to show the principle





And the Gibbie tank to show what it looks like when it's established






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Old 20-05-09, 19:21
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Awesome!!!!
thanks for sharing
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Old 20-05-09, 20:20
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Very good!
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Thats a great idea.
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looks realy good!
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Old 21-05-09, 00:18
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WOw stunning tank, i take it the striped barbs arnt eating your plants?
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How long did they take to get established like they are now?
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Old 21-05-09, 19:11
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Thanks very much
The striped barbs are really well behaved they never touch the plants

The tanks have been set up like this for I think 2 years but it only takes a few months for the plants to get established
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Old 21-05-09, 19:30
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Love it , very effective well done!!
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