I've always use cotton string to wrap in between the leaves around the rhizome. I've seen where people use zip ties to cut the time it take to attach it down, but I've never tried it. The roots kinda hold on similar to how moss holds onto wood. I don't think they really dig into the wood, but they will definitely grow into the crack and hold on tight.
What did you end up doing to attach the ferns? I always hate tying them to wood. It takes so long and sometimes its really frustrating to get the string tight enough. I imagine it's not quite that way with the ties.
The ties that you use are they "zip ties". I'd imagine they're pretty tough to remove. What has been your experience?
I did both, depending on the circumstances. Thread in one case and 2 combined zip ties in the other. If the wood is already in the water, I'm not talented enough to use thread.
You just snip the zip ties to remove them, I'm sure. Even if the tie is pressed to the substrate, surely you can just pull on the buckle thing and pull the narrow strip out.
I'll be interested to see how long it takes them to attach to the wood. I also threaded a lot of Christmas moss (sold to me as Java moss!) onto driftwood last nite and today ... hoping that takes off too. Not sure who says Java moss grows slowly, but the Java moss I put on a driftwood piece a couple of weeks ago is going crazy on me.
Alright, Gerry, as soon as a few things grow in, I'll post a few pics -- I've got new plants coming on Friday. I've learned a lot the hard way -- my first batch of plants was basically all weeds. I have been pulling them one by one and replacing with other plants. I'm not so sure amateurs like me should use ADA AS, because it can sure make a mess when you are changing plants. I've been doing a lot of water changes. Learned the hard way on that one too ... after a major plants change without a water change, I lost a few shrimp.
It sure isn't easy to take pics of tanks ... I think it is the high light because it is very tough to expose correctly. I'm going to try with natural lighting by opening up all of my blinds and see if that works.