Tropica Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus “Tropica”), EXTRA LARGE Bare Root Clump
The Tropica Java Fern is a striking variant that has larger, spiky split leaves!
Tropica Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus “Tropica”) 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. However, it has been cultivated in nurseries with freshwater conditions. This particular variant has significantly larger leaves than other varieties of this species, plus its leaves have a more split, spiky appearance.
Tropica 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. Tropica 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, Tropica Java Fern will benefit from supplementation such as Seachem Flourish, Flourish Excel, nitrogen and other plant supplements.
- Large, spiky leaves
- Can live in brackish water
- Thrives when attached to driftwood or rockwork
- Extremely easy care
- Requires low to moderate lighting
- Temperature: 68° - 83° F (20° - 28° C)
- pH: 5.0 - 8.0
- Lighting: Low to moderate
- Origin: Indigenous to the Philippines, cultivated in nurseries
- Aquarium placement: Middle to background
- Care: Easy