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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-03-2015, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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Cotton thread and fauna

I've got Java moss tied to my driftwood until it attaches, I'm coming up on the time where the tank is almost cycled. My driftwood is hollow underneath and passes through, so the thread is run across that. Will that cause problems for any critters?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-04-2015, 12:39 AM
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I do not like thread in the tank in any sort of position where the fish could get into it. Cotton will rot over time (not an issue about water quality), but probably not soon enough for you to add livestock.

Any way you can attach it better to the wood so there is no way fish can get into it?
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What other good ways are there to attach moss to driftwood?
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I'm a fishermen by trade and in turn have a lot of fishing line. Fluorocarbon fishing line is designed to be invisible under water. I used 4lb test and you can't see it at all. I wait till the said plant attaches and cut it away. In my opinion there's no better option.


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I would try not to have the line strung across the natural opening in the driftwood because that is where a pleco will set up house and he will surely dislodge it and may injure himself on it.

A dab of superglue will work and will not harm the plant or the fish. Just be sure to only use a dab, not along the whole root system. You will have to dry the wood a bit to get it to stick but water will actually cure it.
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Super glue, and there is a gel type that seems to work the best.
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My daughter recently lost a large bristle nose - the cotton thread holding a java fern to a piece of wood came untied and the fish tried to eat it. It's possible that he/she/it actually bit the string in two. Regardless, the fish choked to death on it.

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