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Microsorium pteropus

Microsorium pteropus

Scientific name: Microsorium pteropus

Family: Polypodiaceae

Usual maximum size in aquariums: 20 - 25 cm (7.87 - 9.84 inch)

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Recommended pH range for the species: 5.5 - 7.5

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 15°N (71.43 - 267.86ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 20 - 25 °C (68 - 77°F)

Reproduction of the plant: Runners

Origin (in the wild): South Asia

How fast these plants grow: Slow

Recommended substrate: Fine gravel

Demands on lighting: Medium

Ideal placement in a fish tank: Middle

Family

Polypodiaceae

Common Name

Java Fern

Planting Area

These are not planted in the substrate but are normally attached to the aquarium decor

Propagation

This plant will literally propagate itself. As the leaves mature, plantlets will appear on the edge of the leaves at the top. As the plantlets grow, they will detach themselves and float around the aquarium looking for some where to attach. Just before this is about to happen they can be pulled away carefully and attached to a piece of bogwood or rock with fishing line or a rubber band. In time they will attach themselves and the line or rubber band can be removed.

Difficulty

Easy

Short Description

This plant is very hardy and grows well in a wide range of water parameters. Fish tend not to nibble at these as not only are the leaves very tough but apparently they taste disgusting. This is one re4ason why they are a popular plant in aquariums that contain herbivorous fish.Microsorium pteropus picture 1 Microsorium pteropus picture 2

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