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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-18-2013, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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Rhizomes!

About two or three weeks ago, I bought a java fern plant from petco, and last week I purchased an anubias. Both of them were in those little tubes but I didn't mind because I generally have pretty good success with them. I've done tons of reading and on the care of these plants and I'm aware that I'm not supposed to bury the rhizome, but...




which parts of these plants are the rhizomes?

Both plants have just been floating in my tank since I got them because I don't know what to do with them, so any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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2nd picture. Its the thick base. That the roots are growin from. I'm pretty sure.

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About two or three weeks ago, I bought a java fern plant from petco, and last week I purchased an anubias. Both of them were in those little tubes but I didn't mind because I generally have pretty good success with them. I've done tons of reading and on the care of these plants and I'm aware that I'm not supposed to bury the rhizome, but...




which parts of these plants are the rhizomes?

Both plants have just been floating in my tank since I got them because I don't know what to do with them, so any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!
+1, am i supposed to bury the white color roots or stick the white hairy roots and the green stub into the substrate? I found it hard to anchor if I only bury the white hairy roots.

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Yes, only the roots can be buried (but they don't need to be). Most people glue the rhizomes to rocks or tie them to driftwood/ornaments to keep them in place.
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only the hairy parts can be buried. the green stump is the rhizome and has to be above the substrate or else it will rot. the bizarre thing is i was just researching this!!!
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Thanks everyone for the clarification on the anubias! Does anyone know about the java fern though?
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It's the same thing for the java fern.
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But the thing is, I can't tell what's roots and what's not on the java fern. :/ That whole black mass at the bottom is STUCK like that; it doesn't come apart. Is that whole thing the rhizome then?
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Just stick half of the java fern in the gravel. Or, for a fern that small, plant just the enlongated black roots. It'll grow like crazy. The anubias should only have the roots planted, not the base. Good luck!

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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-20-2013, 03:29 AM
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if in doubt.. leave them out of the substrate entirely XD
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