Aquarium Plants

Lysimachia • Marsilea • Micranthemum • Microsorium

The numerous small leaves help to create a dense mat effect.

Small Leave Aquarium PlantJava Fern Rock

Scientific name:

Microsorium pteropus

Common name: Java fern

Origin: Southeast Asia

The popular Java fern is both versatile and easy to keep.

In nature, it exists both submerged and on the banks of streams and rivers. Its roots are "designed" to attach to hard surfaces such as rocks and wood, and this is how it should be grown in the aquarium. Java fern adapts to most aquariums and requires little light. It is a slow-growing plant and older leaves may become tatty and blackened, at which point they should be removed. Java fern contains chemicals that deter most herbivorous fish from eating the leaves.

Maximum height: 10 in (25 cm)

Growth rate: Slow, Medium

Area: Background, Midground, Specimen, or unusual

Light: Undemanding. Should be sheltered from bright light.

Propagation: By adventitious plantlets

Maximum height: 12 in (30 cm) Growth rate: Medium Area: Foreground, Floating Light: Bright to Very Bright Temperature: 75-86°F (24-30°C)

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