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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)

  • 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

  • 5
    Java fern
    Posted by Ramon Perez on 30 Apr 2020

    Order came in as java fern “medium” leaf clump. A little smaller than expected but it looks healthy.

  • 5
    Posted by Unknown on 27 Apr 2020

    Came in healthy! A little less full than pictures but it’ll be great to watch it grow. Still healthy a week later.

  • 5
    Posted by Dennis on 26 Feb 2020

    Always wanted to try ferns and this looks happy as can be in my tank! Extremely healthy and vivid.