Quick Facts:: Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus)
|Lighting:||Low To Medium|
|Water Conditions:||68-82 F, pH 6.0-7.5, KH 3-8|
|Propagation:||Adventitious Shoots, Rhizome Division|
Java fern, or Microsorum pteropus as it is known in the scientific community, is and aquatic fern that, just like the name suggests, originates from the waters of Java. A beautiful addition to the freshwater, planted aquarium it grows around 8 inches tall, with creeping, green rhizomes. This plant does particularly well with fish that are normally detrimental to plants, on account of its relatively bitter taste. Java Ferns are well suited for not only planted aquariums, but also those that contain cichlids and other large South American fish. A hardy plant which could be grown on a root or stone.
Java Ferns will do well if planted in moderate light as well as in a shaded area. Provide a moderate amount of light in the range of 2 watts per gallon, using full spectrum bulbs. Java fern can be planted in the substrate but will usually not root and will do better if tied or otherwise secured to a root, rock or other object.
Propagation of this plant is by adventitious plants on leaves & roots, and rhizome division may also be seen.