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Old 11-15-2012, 11:13 AM   #1 
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I am looking into Java Fern, Anubias, and Water Wisteria. What care and fertilizers do these plants need?
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:07 PM   #2 
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Both the java fern and anubias need to be anchored to something-like driftwood, large stone or decoration of some type. You don't want to bury the rhizome in the substrate since it can rot-killing the plant-They will send roots into the substrate or into real driftwood on their own. I use cotton thread or rubber bands to attach them to whatever I plan to anchor them to. They can also float and be fine too.

The water wisteria-is a stem plant-just plant the stem or if it already has roots-plant in the substrate or place a large item on top of the stem and it will send out roots and anchor itself. Easy to propagate too-as it grows-pinch the top and re-plant it-also, the leaves themselves can sprout roots-let them float for a week or so and once you see roots-plant it...This plant will do fine floating too.

Food/ferts-water column liquid plant food-Seachem has a good line-like Flourish comprehensive.

Proper color temp bulb is the driving force behind successful planted tanks-without the proper light the plants can't use the food.

With that said, both the fern and anubias usually will do fine with just about any light-but the wisteria will need at least 6500K color temp bulb.
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