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Java Fern (Microsorium Pteropus)

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Java Fern (Microsorium Pteropus)

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 potted, on a mat, and in other varieties, including, Narrow Leaf, Trident and Windelov Lacy.

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Reviews (32)

  • 4
    Great condition and beautiful
    Posted by Alexz Gimon on 5 Aug 2023

    Came in great condition with no hitchhikers. Haven't had any leaves melt yet. It is smaller than expected but has beautiful color. I am satisfied with with my order.

  • 5
    Best plant i’ve had!
    Posted by Meira Armenta on 23 Apr 2023

    This Java Fern has been thriving in my aquarium so far. It’s already sprouting new roots! 10/10 for speedy delivery and a healthy plant.

  • 5
    Great first impression
    Posted by Daniel Alcantara on 9 Feb 2023

    I just received my order super fast and wow packaged great.!! I’ve attached them to rocks as directed and can’t wait to see them grow and thrive. Super excited definitely will be back for more.

  • 5
    Large and green
    Posted by Max Nanfito on 12 Oct 2022

    the java fern that arrived was a lot bigger than i had expected and really green. I got 3 of them and they are probably my favorite plant in the tank, its just great.

  • 5
    Very good
    Posted by Jesse o'connor on 16 Sep 2022

    Excellent plant

  • 5
    Java Fern
    Posted by Jerry Newell on 28 Jul 2022

    Look good. A few black spots but otherwise okay.

  • 4
    Java Fern
    Posted by Joseph Tevere on 9 Jun 2022

    I split the rhizome and they are starting to grow well

  • 5
    Beautiful specimens
    Posted by Travis Long on 26 May 2022

    Out of all the plants I ordered these looked the best.

  • 5
    Java Fern
    Posted by Scott Warthen on 22 Mar 2022

    Great plant in great shape. Would order again.

  • 5
    Java fern mat
    Posted by Jason Amundson on 3 Mar 2022

    great stuff, would buy again.

  • 5
    Picture perfect
    Posted by Keke on 23 Feb 2022

    Arrived looking amazing, just like the picture, so green & bright!

  • 5
    Java fern
    Posted by Rachelle Scarlett on 18 Jan 2022

    A beautiful little plant. Very healthy