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Java Fern - Microsorum pteropus - Medium

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Java Fern is a hardy plant that tolerates a wide range of conditions. They can tolerate lower lighting as well as the higher pH and hard water of cichlid aquariums and aquariums with higher lighting. They even may be used in brackish water aquariums with low salinity. Since these plants grow very slowly, algae may grow on the leaves in tanks with low CO2 or high light. They can grow up to a foot in height or more and are best as a midground or background plant.

The roots on Java Ferns grow from a stiff, thick rhizome. When planting, plant only the roots and leave the rhizome exposed. They can also be attached to rocks or driftwood; use fishing line or other ties to secure the plant in place until the roots attach. Java Ferns may also reproduce via runners from the roots or by growing new plants at the tips of mature leaves.


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Common NameJava Fern - Medium
Scientific NameMicrosorum pteropus
Plant pH6.5-8.0
Growth RateModerate
Light IntensityLow to Moderate
Water HardnessModerate to Hard
Temperature Range72-80
SubstrateHard (gravel, rock or wood)
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