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I've got some old(and nearly dead. . .) rhysomes of java fern that I was thinking about gluing to the back of my 20 gallon(divided with bettas) tank. Would they be able to grow like that or would I need to line the back of the tank with something first?
 

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i wouldnt use chemicals like that on plants personally
 

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If you can use super glue gel in a reef tank, I've only got to assume that it is safe to use with plants and freshwater fish. I don't have anything super delicate with them anyway. Just the bettas. More curious if the plant could attach itself to the glass, or if I need to put a craft mesh background on there so it will be able to attach and spread.
 

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YOu are correct, superglue does just fine in the tank and will not harm any of your fish. Feel free to use that method to get your desired result.

I haven't had any java actually grow to glass before, so that may be another issue :)
 

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I have superglued narrow leaf java fern to some pieces of wood. Let it dry completely before putting it in the water. I have it all in my 29 gallon with RCS and there hasn't been any problems.
 

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Hi Riona,

I have used Superglue gel (doesn't run") to attach plants to rocks and wood. First I dry the surface with a paper towel, one drop of gell, place plant and hold for 20 seconds, put in water. The gel does dry into a white crystal-like substance, so one drop is less noticeable until the plant grows and covers it up.
 

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Hi Riona,
First I dry the surface with a paper towel,
Making sure to leave plenty of moisture on the wood/plant. Water is the bonding agent for superglue thereofre will cure much quicker with moisture than a dryer surface.

I tend to pad rocks/wood dry before adding superglue and attaching ferns, anubias etc. anything with a rhizome basically :)

AC
 

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Do I glue the actual rhizome then(obviously being careful to not smother it in glue)? Or do I need to glue the roots coming off of it?
 

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I've used superglue to glue several plants. I usually try to glue a section of the rhizome, but the thick, upper roots have been inadvertedly glued as well, and I've never had a problem.
 
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