Java Fern

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  1. Placement:

    • Tie or Attach: Java Fern is an epiphytic plant, meaning it grows on surfaces. Attach it to driftwood, rocks, or other aquarium decorations using fishing line or thread. Avoid burying the rhizome in the substrate as it can lead to rot.
  2. Lighting:

    • Low to Moderate Light: Java Fern prefers low to moderate lighting conditions. It can tolerate low-light environments, making it suitable for various aquarium setups. Avoid intense, direct lighting to prevent algae growth on the leaves.
  3. Water Conditions:

    • Temperature: Keep the water temperature between 68-82°F (20-28°C).
    • pH Level: Maintain a pH level between 6.0-7.5.
    • Water Hardness: Java Fern adapts well to a wide range of water hardness.
  4. Substrate:

    • Doesn’t Require Substrate: Java Fern can thrive without a nutrient-rich substrate. If planted, avoid burying the rhizome; instead, attach it to decorations.
  5. Fertilization:

    • Low Nutrient Needs: Java Fern is not a heavy feeder. While it can absorb nutrients from the water, you may use a liquid fertilizer or add root tabs sparingly to support growth.
  6. Propagation:

    • Rhizome Division: Propagate Java Fern by dividing the rhizome. Simply cut or pull apart sections with healthy leaves and roots. Attach the new sections to desired surfaces.
  7. Compatibility:

    • Fish and Invertebrates: Java Fern is compatible with most fish and invertebrates. It provides hiding spots for fry and adds visual interest to the aquarium.
  8. Maintenance:

    • Remove Dead Leaves: Trim or remove old and yellowing leaves to encourage new growth. Use gentle pruning to maintain its appearance.

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