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Java won't strike root...please help

>I'm not having very much luck in getting any of the plants in my tank
>that are tied to wood or stone to take root. I have several species of
>Java fern, Windelov, and a Bolbitis that have been in the tank now for
>at least six months and still they refuse to anchor themselves.
>In addition to this they are all growing very poorly. The other plants
>in the tank are just fine.
>They are secured to a really dense African driftwood with rubber bands
>and small field stones with nylon thread.
>Can anyone suggest what the problem may be? Thanks in advance.
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>Martyn Mitchell
>Milton, Ontario

The java fern does not like the smooth surfaces of the African driftwood. If
this is the heavy wood that is sold for aquariums? Try tieing it with black
thread to the surfaces that have some ripples or textures. The best wood I
have found for java fern is the maylasian diftwood (banana tree roots I