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OT - Java Fern Daughters

Posted By: Mr. LeadFoot <leadfoot@sbcglobal.net>
Date: Wednesday, 23 April 2003, at 12:09 p.m.

I had some lousy Java Ferns that were always an ugly rotten looking color, and only seemed to melt on me, no matter what the tank conditions. About 3 months ago I yanked them and put them by themselves in a goldfish bowl. Lo and behold, they bore 1,000,000 or so daughter plants!

Although some of the daughter plants are now tied to pieces of Ehfimech noodles and planted in sand, and are doing well in one aquarium, my other tanks' currents are too strong for the young plants. I was wondering if I can just float the daughters in the fish bowl until they get bigger, or will they die off if not attached to hard objects or planted in the substrate? I don't have room for more plants in the first tank, it's already full of daughters, not to mention other plant species.

Incidentally, I pulled all the daughters off the mother plants, because it seems as though the daughters tend to rot if left on their mothers too long, especially when the Moms turn dark purple and eventually die off. Is this the right thing to do?



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