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bigemrg

Enthusiastic gardener interested in growing all types of flowers for enjoyment and photographic purposes! www.iangrainger.co.uk

Microsorum pteropus

  • Season Icon Late SpringLate Spring 2017
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bigemrg

Good evening all! Hope you've been enjoying the good weather! I've been spending some time setting up a new aquarium with live plants! Fish keeping is supposed to be relaxing, but today I've had a frustrating time tying Java Fern to driftwood using fishing line! Looks great in the aquarium because the line is invisible - which is a real problem when you're trying to tie knots in it and you can't see it! 😀

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Keely

Looks lovely foliage bet the fish will love it 🐠🐠🐠💚💚💚

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bigemrg

@Keely - I hope they will! I'm planting a mixture of real and artificial plants in this tank and am interested to see if the fish prefer one or the other! 😀

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Keely

Good idea wonder if they know 😁

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bigemrg

@Keely - Well they nibble at the artificial ones in my other tanks so it will definitely be interesting to compare! I don't normally do live plants in my tanks but I thought I'd try some low tech ones and see how I get on! 😀

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katgreen

@bigemrg looks fab, I only ever use live plants in my tanks, so far I have found the broader leaves collect debris but the smaller, taller bamboo types look good and stay cleaner. Love the fern idea 😍

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bigemrg

@katgreen - Thanks Kathryn! I've never had much luck with live plants before, but this time around I'm going with supposedly easy ones like Java Fern, Anubias, Moss Balls and Hornwort! My shrimp love cleaning up my artificial plants so I'm hoping they'll do the same for my real ones too! 😀

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jadojado29

Evening Ian @bigemrg for all your frustrations today it's looks like you have done a Fabulous job 👌

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bigemrg

@jadojado29 - Aww, thanks Suzie! Good evening to you too! Should be getting more plants tomorrow and have even more on order for next week! Will be able to garden all year round, inside and out! 😀

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kathy

Your tank looks inviting, I think the relaxing time comes when the fish are installed 😄

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daisy-jane

Ah I remember the days when I used to do that Ian,sooo frustrating isn't it but it's definitely paid off your tank looks great 😊👍

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bigemrg

@kathy - Thanks Kathy! You're right! I'm completely chilled out now after spending time watching my other two tanks! 😀

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