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Java Fern (Microsorium Pteropus) - Potted

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Java Fern (Microsorium Pteropus) | Potted

Microsorium Pteropus, commonly known as Java Fern, originates from Southeast Asia. Java Fern is a very popular plant and not surprisingly so because it is very versatile and easy to keep. The plant produces long, dark green leaves. The roots of Java Fern should not be buried in the substrate. They will attach themselves to hard surfaces such as rocks and wood. This plant will do well even in tanks with aggressive fish because its leaves are not palatable to most of them. The plant can grow up to 10 inches long and can be used in mid to background.

Care Guide For Java Fern

Java Fern will easily adapt to most aquarium conditions and does not require high lighting. It is a rather slow-growing plant, and older leaves, when they become too crinkled and blackened, should be trimmed or removed. However, black spots on the underside of leaves do not indicate damage. Rather, they are spores from which new plants will grow.

  • Minimum Lighting Required: Low
  • Temperature Range: 64-86°F
  • Tank Placement: Midground

In aquariums, the plant should be anchored to rocks, wood, or other hard surfaces such as decorations or 3-D backgrounds. Use cotton thread or scaper's glue to attach the plant, or simply tuck into crevices.

Java Fern is also available bare-root, on a mat, and in other varieties, including, Narrow Leaf, Trident and Windelov Lacy.

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Reviews (3)

  • 4
    Posted by Hannah on 25 Nov 2020

    It looks like they did a poor job checking for snail eggs and such, two leaves looked like they were covered in dried up snail eggs. Other than that they are doing good. This is my first time with live plants so I wish they clarified in step one that plants should be FULLY SUBMERGED. Some leaves browned and shriveled because of that.

  • 5
    Posted by Steven Napier on 16 Sep 2020

    Also a favorite of mine it looks great with my angelfish and festivums

  • 5
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    Posted by Celeste Denniston on 15 Sep 2020

    Looks great in the aquarium!!!