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Re: pleco and java fern
>Date: Sun, 25 Oct 1998 23:09:47 EST
>From: Zxcvbob at aol_com
>Subject: pleco is ruining my sword plant?
>My sword plant has a few large brown spots on some of the leave. Lately,
>noticed some of the leaves are freshly worn almost through, with marks just
>like where the pleco chews on the chunk of wood in the tank. Is he gonna
>the plant? There's plenty of green fuzz algae in the tank. Thanks.
If it's the common pleco, it doesn't belong in a planted tank. It will eat
the plants. Get a dwarf pleco (Peckoltia vittata) or some Otocinclus.
>I bought what looked like a big hunk of java fern from the LFS, and when I
>it home, it was a bunch of individual leaves (each with a bit of root) and a
>rubberband holding it together. I separated them and planted them all about
>the tank and they are just sitting there not growing, but not dieing either.
>It's been about two weeks. I was wondering, how deep should they be planted?
>I probably set them pretty deep cuz I didn't want the goldfish to eat the
Java Fern should not be planted in the gravel, but tied to rocks or
driftwood. After a few weeks they will become attached to the rock or
wood. They will grow very slowly at first. Just leave them in a corner
and forget about them for a while.