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Java Fern

Java Fern is a nice freshwater plant that can reproduce a couple ways. One is by the growing of daughter plants along the edges of living leaves. That alone is somewhat cool. Another way it reproduces is by new growth from the root (which can be divided.)

One of the things to keep in mind about java fern is that you should not stick the roots in the substrate of your tank. This will cause the plant to die. It’s much better to attach the plant to a rock or driftwood by tying it. I got a java fern about a year ago and now have a couple of tiny plantlets and just divided the mother plant into about 7 pieces to replant.

The light requirements for this plant are not too demanding. It is possible for the java fern to get too much light and you would do well to move it to a spot of the aquarium where the light is less intense. It doesn’t grow very large (for me I’ve just seen it get to about 3 to four inches maybe.

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March 7, 2010 - 10:26 PM