View Full Version : sand and java ferns

09-02-2006, 11:34 AM
will java ferns or other plants grow in sand or what would be the best way to keep them:confused:

09-02-2006, 12:09 PM
not sand ... sand compacts too much and suffocates the roots.

Some people have had success ... but there is not a very good chance of the java fern making it. I keep sand bottoms, and if you want to grow the java fern, use fishing line and tie it to a piece of driftwood, it will eventually root into the wood and continue to grow

09-02-2006, 12:27 PM
i thoght drift wood lowerd ph ?? what other plants would be good for sand....none????? i have lots of rocks would that work

09-02-2006, 12:34 PM
ps....how long will they take to root to the rock?

09-02-2006, 02:27 PM
Grasses are good in sand.... Valisneria loves sand (both sprial and regular type)

it also depends on the grain size of your sand... if you've got the big course sand (medium grit sometimes) you can grow more than in the fine stuff.

Just be careful since you can stir the sand where plants are rooted and you might have a problem with anaerobic bacteria which can kill your fish....

09-02-2006, 05:55 PM
My lfs sells java fern growing on coconut shells.

09-03-2006, 01:15 AM
Java fern is insane stuff and will grow in just about any circumstance. On rocks, wood, decorations, dirt, gravel and even <gasp> sand.

hijack alert:
Balton, does that mean they have a lovely bunch of coconuts?

09-03-2006, 05:18 AM
:rofl: yeah, standing in a row :rofl: