I currently have a java fern tied to a piece of decorative wood using fishing line. It's a very loose tie and the plant is semi floating in the water. Is that ok, or does it need to be tied very tight? I only have a 10g, so I have very small rock and wood in there.
It's difficult to tie a knot by yourself without someone assisting to hold the first knot while you tie the second. There's probably a knot that can be done by a single person such as a noose, but I just ended up using small, black rubber bands to hold my plants down. They dissolve and break down over time; no issues with that in my tanks. I try to remove pieces that are visible when I can. By that point, the roots have grabbed the object, but they tend to be barely hanging on also. I use porous rocks that resemble limestone though, so they don't grab that well. Perhaps driftwood would be more ideal.
That helps, thanks. I will try to get a 2nd pair of hands to tie it tightly. How long do you think it takes for the plant to firmly grab onto the piece without any weights, just fishing line or rubber band? Did yours take a full month?
I know, it sounds counter-intuitive to put lead in. I always have and never had a problem that I'm aware of, also the packaging for the weights states aquarium safe. Even though water is the universal solvent, I think its okay because lead doesn't dissolve easily or tarnish/rust. I would imagine the small amount of lead that is dispersed is never even close to being a dangerous level due to pwcs.