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Java Fern vs. Java Lance Fern: Well, here's a change for you. I googled "Java lance fern" and got only 19 hits. About half were my use of the term. Then I googled "Java fern" and got over 62,000 hits. So I'm now (December, 2007) using the term Java fern. LA
Java Fern Requirements:
Java Fern Requirements:You (actually your ferns) need water -- fresh or brackish. pH doesn't much matter. Hardness and softness matter little. But they do need water. The ferns in the tank above were in 85 F water for a year. It took eight juvenile Uarus about a week to devour all the ferns. They saved the cryptocorynes on the left for dessert a couple weeks later. Water parameters make next to no difference. Uarus do. Most plecostomids don't skin it like clown plecos, but they will bulldoze it like a rhinoceros in your cabbage patch. They just knock it all over your tank.
After the Uarus:
After the Uarus:This is what the wood looked like about a week after eight Uarus chowed it. They prefer the pricey plants. They ignored a lush layer of floating watersprite.
Re-Starting Again: So it's time to get out the rubber
bands and small Java fern plants. Staple guns don't work because they
cut the rhizomes. Fishing line's okay but it's harder to work with.
We used the smallest rubber bands available. We probably needed some
regular bands to cover the bare areas. However, the Java fern will
cover the whole thing again.
Re-Starting Again: So it's time to get out the rubber bands and small Java fern plants. Staple guns don't work because they cut the rhizomes. Fishing line's okay but it's harder to work with. We used the smallest rubber bands available. We probably needed some regular bands to cover the bare areas. However, the Java fern will cover the whole thing again.
Plant Compatibility:Java fern grows well with other plants. In the 55 above you see it growing right along with high light vallisneria. Under very high lights, algae can grab a firm hold on fern leaves. The faster growing vals' long leaves formed a shading canopy that perfectly suited the slower growing ferns.
Substrate:Normally we recommend that you attach Java fern starter plugs to water-logged wood or rough rocks like limestone or sandstone. However it will root into your gravel. Don't bury your plug like you would a normal plant with roots (green side up). Use a bit of one of those strips that come wrapped around your anacharis. One strip will sink several plugs. Let it fall to the bottom where it will root into your gravel by itself.
Java Fern Roots:
Java Fern Roots:Most plants grow white roots that grow into the substrate and take in the nutrients they bump into. Java fern leaves grow from a rhizome -- a long tuber. The "roots" are black thread-like clampons that secure them to rocks, wood, or substrate. They appear to play little part in taking in nutrition.
Water Quality:We pretty much left these tanks alone for about a year -- just adding water to replace evaporation. No water changes.
Re-Discovered Pics: We sort of misplaced this file for
a couple of years. We added the words December 2007 because we were
working on Java Fern III about a new species that we just found this
year. We always like to stumble on new (at least to us) species.
Re-Discovered Pics: We sort of misplaced this file for a couple of years. We added the words December 2007 because we were working on Java Fern III about a new species that we just found this year. We always like to stumble on new (at least to us) species. LA
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