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You can also use aquarium sealant/glue.

Plants that come in pots do so, because that's how they've been processed back at the plant nursery and it makes them easier to transport.
Occasionally, if the substrates deep enough and I don't want to separate the plants in the pot, I simply plant the whole pot.
Usually, I'll remove the pot and peel away as much of the packing as I can and then plant that. I'm also in the habit of breaking up the plants I get, to spread them around the tank.
That fibre that they come in makes a useful protective cushion when you want to add weights around a plant.
But wont it take a while to cure? I have aquarium sealant, so I can use that without buying anything extra. Thanks!
 

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But wont it take a while to cure? I have aquarium sealant, so I can use that without buying anything extra. Thanks!
It does, but some very expensive ones will cure whilst under water and, for those that don't, just remember to spray your plants to stop them totally drying out.

Personally, I'm okay with knots, so am happy enough with cotton. ;)
 

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Fluval makes an aquarium specific plant glue, if you're worried about superglue. I went the route of Byron, just pushing them in a crevice or between rocks. My LFS just balled up my moss, so I pulled chunks and placed in crevices. Took about a month, but it has started to cling to the surfaces now.
 
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Fluval makes an aquarium specific plant glue, if you're worried about superglue. I went the route of Byron, just pushing them in a crevice or between rocks. My LFS just balled up my moss, so I pulled chunks and placed in crevices. Took about a month, but it has started to cling to the surfaces now.
Oh ok, thanks... Fluval can be a bit pricey sometimes though
 

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Read the silicone instructions carefully. A lot does have to cure for 48 hours as you said, and it smells of acetic acid for ages and that isn't good in a fish tank. There are some sealants which can be applied underwater but these are very specialist, the majority have to be applied out of water and left to cure.
 
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Ok, so I looked in our pantry and saw that we have the gorilla gel super glue... I think I might use it. Two questions though... Does it actually cure instantly when put into the aquarium or do I have to wait a few days? And where should I apply it on the plant; directly on the roots?
 

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Ok, so I looked in our pantry and saw that we have the gorilla gel super glue... I think I might use it. Two questions though... Does it actually cure instantly when put into the aquarium or do I have to wait a few days? And where should I apply it on the plant; directly on the roots?
All superglues set/cure when exposed to moisture*.
I'd take the wood out of the water, put a big blob of the gel onto it and then squish on the plant. It should set fairly quickly.
You can then continue attaching other plants, but try not to let them all dry out. A plant sprayer can be used to keep them moist.

*Did you know that the first superglue was developed as a wound-closure agent, for combat situations? This is why superglues are so adept at sticking to your fingers and why I always have an unopened tube of the gel in my First Aid boxes.
 

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When I sliced my finger removing a dead sucker from the filter bracket, they told me at Urgent Care that if I'd gone straight away they would have glued it back together.


(I went next day so they had to use steri strips as now they has to leave some of the wound open in case infection had got in)
 

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