05-05-2012, 04:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Sanchez324
I just bought a java fern and I've read it should be attached to rock or driftwood. Can it grow inserted on the substrate as well? I've got Eco complete. And just to make sure this plant doesn't need much light right? Because I have in a semi shaded area in the tank
It is moderate light, and will do well under floating plants for instance. It should be attached to something above the substrate; the rhizome (the thick "stem" from which leaves and fine roots grow) must not be buried or it may rot. This is a nice plant to attach to a chunk of wood or rock, as the wood/rock can be moved around to get a plant in an otherwise difficult space, like in a corner or under the filter. Java Fern tolerates filter currents better than most plants.