02-08-2013, 09:05 PM
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Originally Posted by JDM
Well, it appears that java fern propagates differently than most other aquatic plants, at least the ones I am getting familiar with. A week or so ago I noticed some odd growths on the leafs and I thought that it was just some build up and piggy backing little plant but it turns out that the piggy backer is actually a baby java fern.
Now I have a ton of baby java ferns starting. Quite a few leaves had separated from the rhizome so I thought they would just die off, I figured I was somehow killing the plants but I left them floating about or just jammed them into the corner driftwood hunk seeing as they were still green and firm. I am glad now that I didn't just toss them as they've ended up sprouting.
Apparently the little plants will eventually separate and find somewhere to attach to, wood, substrate or rocks even. Seeing as they don't float, but rather stay near the bottom, I think I might just let the little buggers land where they may, within reason. Either that or I will thoroughly plant the driftwood piece and watch it grow green.
When I had my Java Fern I simply trimmed the ends off and attached the "daughter plants" to driftwood or into gravel. I'm not sure how well they do in sand but they continued to propagate in gravel and on driftwood. The Java Fern is bitter to fish (or atleast i've heard) and they will typically leave it alone. Also, the JF will constantly produce daughter plants when the condition is right and eventually the Parent leaf will decay and the daughter will float around until she attaches to something. It is also very easy to keep the JF. Mine got so out of hand that I had nowhere to keep other plants or fish just a tank full of Java Ferns (I started out with a 10G). This worked out ok because there was a new fish store near me that was a little low on inventory... I scored some store credit by giving them 8 Daughters
Last edited by VerdantGrotto; 02-08-2013 at 09:07 PM..