Narrow Leaf Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus var. “Narrow”) is an attractive, popular, and low-maintenance plant for the freshwater aquarium. Its long, bright green leaves provide a beautiful aquascape as well as important refuge and grazing areas for shrimp and fish as well as their fry. Unlike many plants, Narrow Leaf Java Fern attaches itself to and propagates on aquarium décor. We offer this exquisite plant attached to an attractive 3+ inch driftwood piece which can be placed anywhere in the aquarium.
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 offshoots, 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 delicate 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.
- 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 to moderate