Narrow Leaf Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus “Narrow”) bare root clump
Like all varieties of the ever-popular and ever-hardy Java Fern, this narrow leaf variety will thrive even in low-tech and low-light setups!
Narrow Leaf Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus “Narrow”) is a very attractive, popular, and low-maintenance plant for the freshwater aquarium. Its long, bright green leaves provide an attractive aquascape as well as important refuge and grazing area for shrimp and fish as well as fry. Unlike many plants, Narrow Leaf Java Fern attaches itself to and propagates on aquarium décor as an epiphyte. It will thrive in both emersed and submersed conditions in the aquarium and paludarium. It can even live in brackish water!
Narrow Leaf Java Fern is relatively slow-growing, at least initially. It only requires low to moderate lighting and nutrient rich water, although its growth rate can be increased through CO2 injection/supplementation. It reproduces through rhizome division and the production of offshoot plantlets, and it thrives in most areas of the aquarium. Narrow Leaf Java Fern should not be planted with its rhizome (roots) buried in the substrate because it will rot and recede. Due to its thin leaves, it should not be housed with large crayfish, medium to large cichlids, goldfish, or any other animals that are prone to excessively picking at plants.
Like most plants, Narrow Leaf Java Fern will benefit from supplementation such as Seachem Flourish, Flourish Excel, nitrogen and other plant supplements.
- Elegant narrow leaf variety
- Attractive bright green leaves
- Thrives when attached to driftwood or rockwork
- Extremely easy care
- Requires low to moderate lighting
- Temperature: 60° - 83° F (15° - 28° C)
- pH: 5.5 - 8.0
- Lighting: Low to moderate
- Origin: Indigenous to Southeast Asia, cultivated in Taiwan nurseries
- Aquarium placement: Middle to background
- Care: Easy