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Old 01-05-2011, 01:03 AM   #1 
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Anubias Barteri Round Leaf and Java Fern Question

I recently got this anubias round leaf plant but it keep floating to the top. I tried to keep it in the substrate but the root system is very short and it eventually moves and floats to the top again. I was jw if this plant really needs to stay rooted, or if it's okay to float? Also I have this java fern which pretty much has deteriorated to nothing. It was giving off baby ferns on it's leaves so I picked them off and attached them to a rock. Now I'm not really sure what to do with the rest of the plant, should I just get rid of it or is there some way to salvage it?
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:03 AM   #2 
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Anubias is fine floating. It doesn't need to have its roots buried in the substrate, only its rhizome uncovered. Just ensure that if any leaves are sticking out above the water line, you give them a good soaking every now and then, otherwise they will turn yellow and dry out.

In the case of the java fern, I would cut it right down to the rhizome and then keep the light and ferts up to it. This should encourage new growth as long as the rhizome isn't rotting or in too poor a condition.

I've found that if I don't dose enough nutrients and carbon into the water column, my java ferns tend not to thrive and grow as well as something like Anubias under similar conditions. Just make sure you don't have a deficiency somewhere that is causing your plant to die back, and it should hopefully (though probably slowly) grow back.
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Old 01-05-2011, 10:56 AM   #3 
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You can anchor your anubias by tying it to a rock or piece of driftwood.
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