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Java Fern Narrow Leaf (Microsorium Pteropus)

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Minimum Lighting Required: Low

Temperature Range: 60-83 °F

Tank Placement: Midground-Background

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.  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.  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.

Reviews (15)

  • 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.

  • 5
    Java Fern Narrow Leaf

    Posted by Josh on 15 Jan 2021

    The plants arrived in great condition, a little smaller than expected but nothing wrong with them so I am happy with them and I recommend them to anyone else..

  • 5
    Really like these javas!

    Posted by Unknown on 6 Jan 2021

    Good size for the smaller aquarium with the narrower leaves and smaller footprint. Provide great coverage for shy fishes and small fry !

  • 5
    Lush fern

    Posted by Kim on 30 Dec 2020

    A really nice plant. No rhizomes, but hopefully soon!

  • 5
    Much bigger and brighter than I could’ve every expected

    Posted by Connor on 10 Nov 2020

    Would recommend to anyone looking for them

  • 5
    Java Fern Narrow

    Posted by Unknown on 27 Oct 2020

    Nice looking plant and came in healthy and bright.

  • 4
    nice, but not as full as shown in pic

    Posted by Carmen McKenzie on 5 Sep 2020

    I like this plant, and it arrived healthy, but not nearly as full as what is shown in the picture. Mine only has five stems.

  • 5
    Java Ferns

    Posted by Unknown on 15 Jul 2020

    I received 2 of these love plants in record time. So green and healthy. Will order again from this company. They were very courteous on the phone and answered all of my questions.

  • 5
    Narrow Leaf Java Fern

    Posted by Norm on 8 Jul 2020

    2 ferns I ordered with a red root floater can in excellent shape. The red root floater was not so lucky

  • 5
    Java Fern Narrow Leaf

    Posted by EARNESTINE PHILLIPS on 18 May 2020

    Arrived nice and green