06-10-2009, 10:30 AM
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Once Javamoss becomes established, it will grow very quickly and take over parts of your tank. Keep an eye on it. Java fern will die a little at first, many leaves will turn brown and black and just stay there. Those are rotting leaves and Java Fern leaves rot very slowly. You will need to trim those. Lastly, java fern, once matured, will spawn babies like crazy, both java plants do well in low light. If you go with a low lgiht tank, i would also suggest duckweed as a floating plant. It grows like crazy and does a super excellent job of keeping nitrates low. However, it blocks off light to the bottom of the tank. Fish like the shade, also adds to the secure but will prevent you from keeping any high light plants.the cracks between the duckweed plants also adds a cool effect to your gravel, Just a though. Otherwise, medium slow growing plants like coffeloia, fi you can find it, do well and are pretty hardy.