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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-02-2013, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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driftwood an planting question

I bought a piece of driftwood from a Petco tank. I have it soaking in a bucket for the past week. How long do I need to keep it in quarantine? Also it has a little hole in it. Would it be OK to plant my java fern in there or should it be tied to it? Thanks

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If it doesn't have any plants currently on it, I'd boil it.

Java fern should be tied to something, not planted ... if you're going to plant something in it, a nice dwarf sag might be good ... or you could wedge a lava rock in the hole and tie the java fern to the rock or an anubias.

If you have shrimp in the tank, turn the wood so the hole forms a cave. Tie the java fern on to help conceal the entrance. They'll love you.

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Its a hole that gose the whole way through the wood. Nothing is currently planted on it. Its soaking in a bucket of water I change every day. Plant may have not been a good word to use. I didn't know it the rhimoze would be OK since the hole went the whole way through the wood

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Oh, yeah should be fine. I'd still dig the cave idea (even more, open all the way through!) though since the plant can be attached anywhere.

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We can't have shrimp. Squirt eats them as a snack between feedings. My girlfriend freaked out an thought they got out of the tank until she found the remains of the first. Its not a big piece of driftwood either or a big hole

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This is the driftwood I bought. Nothing special and cool like I wanted but its only a 5 gallon tank an I can only go so big. I boiled it for 2-3 hours today and ran a scrub brush over it between water changes while boiling it. Its soaking again in its qt bucket

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It's great! If that hole is at least the size of a quarter, you could position the piece to allow the betta to swim through it .... Ours love to swim through tight-ish spaces.

If its smaller than a quarter, be sure you point it down for your planter idea.

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Its defiantly not that big. The java fern just fits into it. Squirt has something he can swim through an he loves it too

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Its defiantly not that big. The java fern just fits into it. Squirt has something he can swim through an he loves it too
I have mopani with holes in it like that. I stick the ends of hornwort and anacharis into them. Makes it easy to take out the plants with the wood when doing a big cleaning of the gravel.
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