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Java Fern Narrow Leaf (Microsorium Pteropus)

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Java Fern Narrow (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 roots of Java Fern are designed to attach to hard surfaces such as rocks and wood.  In aquariums, the plant should also be attached to rocks, wood or other hard surfaces such as decorations or 3-D backgrounds.  

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.    

Caring For Java Fern

Java Fern will easily adapt to most aquarium conditions and does not require high lightning.  It is a rather slow growing plant and older leaves, when they become too crinkled and blackened, should be trimmed or removed.

  • Minimum Lighting Required: Low to Moderate
  • Temperature Range: 59-83°F
  • Tank Placement: Midground or Background

Java Fern is one of the easiest plants to start with. The plant should adjust to the new environment very quickly.

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Reviews (24)

  • 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 I expected but a beautiful color. I am satisfied with with my order.

  • 5
    Java fern
    Posted by Jelyne mariani on 14 Jan 2023

    These plants were truly amazing and so well kept and fresh. The delivery was wonderful. This company does a fantastic job. It was just what I needed and had been looking for.

  • 5
    Java fern narrow leaf
    Posted by Jason on 4 Oct 2022

    Great shipping great packaging, arrived healthy and looks great in the tank

  • 5
    Healthy plants
    Posted by Francisco on 4 Sep 2022

    Very healthy plants. Perfect for my 5-gallon aquarium

  • 5
    Java Fern
    Posted by Rayne95 on 30 Aug 2022

    This came healthy, alive, and easy to add to my tank. I'm very happy with it

  • 5
    Great product, great service
    Posted by Jeff on 20 Jun 2022

    Product arrived promptly and as promised. Fish loved it.

  • 5
    Java Fern Narrow Leaf
    Posted by Branson Jennings on 3 Mar 2022

    Arrived on time and looks great.

  • 5
    Java Fern Narrow Leaf
    Posted by Sharon M on 7 Dec 2021

    Very nice plant with 9 perfect leaves, well packed.

  • 5
    java fern narrow leaf
    Posted by STAN CUMMINGS on 24 Nov 2021

    Very good quality...packaged well

  • 4
    Java fern is always a good option
    Posted by Daniel Clark on 15 Sep 2021

    Plant came in perfect, undamaged, and with baby ferns already forming on some of the leaves. Not as full as image implied, but a very good plant nonetheless.

  • 5
    Do not bury rhizome
    Posted by Eric on 10 Jun 2021

    Great quality, very healthy. I’m new at this and learned a few days after planting not to plant these in the substrate. I wish the description had specified this. A search filter for growing conditions (substrate vs floating… could be nice for beginners).

  • 5
    Posted by JANET PALMER on 9 Mar 2021

    I'm slowly planting my 55 gallon tank with real cichlid friendly plants. All the plants are healthy, great roots and a very good size. They don't get lost in my tank.