Java Fern is probably the best aquarium plant that a beginner hobbyist could buy. They pretty much don’t require any care, and are not demanding on light. It is even said that Java Fern can be kept out of the water and in the dark for a few days and still survive! That is why I love Java Fern and their hardiness. It is best to keep Java Fern’s roots above the substrate when planting. I recommend tying them to rocks or drift wood and then the roots will naturally attach to them.
Another great reason to buy Java Fern is how fast they grow. You really only need 1 bunch of this plant and within a couple of months you will be able to pull a new plant off of it. I started off with 2 Java Fern plants in my 20 gallon tank, and 1 year later I had over 10. If you get too many plants in your tank you can always sell them!
Java Fern Care and Information
Scientific Name: Microsorium pteropus
Natural Habitat: Southeast Asia
Size: Up to 12 inches in length.
Lighting: Low Light Plant
Water Temperature: 68°F – 82°F
Water Hardness: 2° to 15° dH