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If you might be considering a riparium setup this would be an excellent deal. The Epi-Trellis raft is a trellis raft designed specifically for "epiphytic" aquatic plants. These include species (e.g., Anubias, Java fern and Bolbitis fern) that can grow emersed on top of hard substrates such as rocks and logs. Here is a shot of one Epi-Trellis Raft.



These pieces are prototypes that the foam shop graciously cut for me in a very small run. The final design will change slightly from this version, but these prototypes function perfectly. The next couple of pictures show how the Epi-Trellis raft works as a plant substrate.

The slot-shaped holes in the raft permit the plant roots to grow down into the aquarium water, while the rhizomes grow along the top surface. Here, the plastic zip tie (available in this package offering) visible in the center of the picture holds an Anubias rhizome against the raft while the plant establishes itself.



The raft is cut from the same tough closed-cell foam used for the regular Trellis Raft. It is highly buoyant and can be re-used many times. Here is another picture showing a well established Java fern (Microsorum sp.) with many rhizomes. Notice the mushroom-had fasteners (arrow) which make it easy to reposition the floating plant element in the riparium layout by snapping it tight against planter cups and other trellis raft features.



This view of the emersed area of my 55-gallon tank shows a mature Java fern growing on an Ei-Trellis Raft (left) as well as a robust Anubias barteri similarly planted (right).



These plants have thrived growing on the Epi-Trellis Raft and make very attractive foliage elements in the riparium layout.

To summarize this package offering each order will include the following items.

  • ONE Epi-Trellis Raft
  • TWO 2" rhizomes of emersed-adapted Java fern with leaves
  • EIGHT black plastic zip ties
  • ONE small bag long-fibre spagnum peat moss

Here is a representative picture of the Java fern pieces included in the package.



I can send either this wavy-leaved, tri-lobed variety, or the more simple sword-leaved one show here.



Each division will include a 2" rhizome with at least two mature leaves. It takes a couple of months for Java fern to full adapt as an emersed plant, so take advantage of this offer to receive these plants ready to grow as hardy and bold foliage elements in your riparium layout.

I can spare just six of these Epi-Trellis Rafts right now. Each combination package is priced at $16.50 shipped, or two for $26.50. Package will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail for delivery in 2-3 business days. Add $1.50 to order total for heat pack in case of cold weather along the shipping route. PM for payment details. Respond into this thread or with PM with any other questions that might come to mind.

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Unlike some other emersed aquatics, such as crypts and Anubias, Java fern grow well in more moderate humidity levels. I have some doing very well in an open-top growout tank. I would say that relative humidity of 50% or so is probably adequate.
 

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Here's a better picture of the foliage of that Java fern.



It has such a nice texture and naturally it's 100% algae-free, because I grew it emersed. It took several months for this raft + fern to grow into this big full clump, but something like this could make an excellent emersed centerpiece for a riparium setup.
 

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I have had just a few nibbles, but no takers yet. This is an effective and different way to plant emersed Java fern, Anubias and Bolbitis, so if this interests you then do take advantage of this offer while it is available.

 

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Hey folks, I can't believe I still don't have any takers. Here is a re-cap of everything in this offer. It's a great deal.



The dumbbell floats (2) clasp the EpiTrellis Raft (1) where needed to provide extra bouyancy as the plant grow larger. The long-fibre spagnum moss (3) is draped across the top of the raft among the Java fern (5) rhizomes to provide extra moisture as the plant establishes itself on the raft. Plastic zip ties (4) are wrapped loosely around the fern rhizomes and the raft segments to hold the plant in place. A sit grows the Java fern will eventually adhere to raft.

Again, this is a great deal and these things work awesome. You can easily grow a nice emersed fern centerpiece with this kit in a few months.
 

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Yes they just float on top of the water. You can attach them to other rafts or riparium planters by snapping the mushroom-head fasteners together.
 

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One down, five to go!

This is an easy way to grow emersed Java fern, and keep it in an aquascape with fish. Here is a shot showing the raft+Java fern element in my 55-gallon setup, to the left of center above the fish.

 

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No more new nibbles--bump for quittin' time.

These things work fantastic, and they are limited edition. I don't know when they'll be available again.
 

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It is best to secure the Epi-Trellis Raft in place to prevent it from floating all around the tank. By holding it secure it will also be prevented from tipping over, which can happen as the plant grows large and top-heavy.

The raft has five mushroom-head fasteners (below, arrow) at the ends of the foam segments. You can use these to snap it into place against riparium planter cups. I also have some strong magnets with mushroom-head fasteners that can secure the raft right against the aquarium glass. With these configurations it is easy to move the attachment point up or down with changes in the water level.

 

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Thanks Hoppy!

Two down, four to go.

Anubias also grow fantastic on these things. Look at this A. barteri--not a speck of algae on the leaves because it grew emersed. This is a happy plant.

 
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