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What kind of glue for plants

My LFS sells Fluval branded glue for securing plants to rocks/driftwood, etc...

Being a newbie at this procedure, I'm wondering if there's any other type of adhesive I can use for this purpose.

I'd like to glue down some Java Fern, and their roots are quite long to begin with - should I trim them? How should I secure the plant to the rock/driftwood? Ie. a dab of glue at the base of the plant where the root sprouts?

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Regular ol' super glue with the ingredient "cyanoacrylate" will work for you! Way cheaper, just make sure it's stuck before putting it into your tank. You can definitely trim the roots back a bit on your Java Fern, Id assume the base of the plant would be a good place to glue it on.
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Ah yes, so something like Gorilla branded super glue that contains Ethyl Cyanacrylate would work then. Fluval glue is 2x as much.....

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Regular ol' super glue with the ingredient "cyanoacrylate" will work for you! Way cheaper, just make sure it's stuck before putting it into your tank. You can definitely trim the roots back a bit on your Java Fern, Id assume the base of the plant would be a good place to glue it on.
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Ah yes, so something like Gorilla branded super glue that contains Ethyl Cyanacrylate would work then. Fluval glue is 2x as much.....
Even the dollar store branded super glue would work! Just give it the time it needs to "stick". A quick google search can be found on HOW TO's with superglue and planted tanks.


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I didn't even think of a typical Dollar Store.....thank you sir! As long as it has that ingredient that you mentioned, I'm good to go...

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Even the dollar store branded super glue would work! Just give it the time it needs to "stick". A quick google search can be found on HOW TO's with superglue and planted tanks.
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You're welcome and good luck! Feel free to ask questions.


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You also may want to consider cotten thread where possible, either by itself or after gluing.
The thread eventually breaks down/disintegrates.
Sometimes the plants can come unglued and you end up with a blob of white glue left behind and a floating plant.
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Also, go for the gel-type super glue. The liquid type is too runny for gluing plants.
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I have been using "super glue" for years, places that sell "glue for aquarium" is just putting a spin to it.
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