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Pufferfish22 02-17-2011 12:23 PM

Growing Java Ferns
 
I have a brackish 10g tank (S.P. 1.005) with 4 juvenile F8 puffers (yes I know they'll need a bigger tank as they get bigger but are only 1.5 inch at mo and am saving up!!!)

My question relates to Java Ferns. My tap water is naturally high in Nitrates 40ppm so I have purchased 3 small Javas with roots and have pushed them into my sand substrate, to help to reduce it, I am also collecting rain water to use in the tank because of the high Nitrate in tap water. Do I need to do anything else to get them to grow?

Curt 02-17-2011 01:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Pufferfish22 (Post 592955)
I have a brackish 10g tank (S.P. 1.005) with 4 juvenile F8 puffers (yes I know they'll need a bigger tank as they get bigger but are only 1.5 inch at mo and am saving up!!!)

My question relates to Java Ferns. My tap water is naturally high in Nitrates 40ppm so I have purchased 3 small Javas with roots and have pushed them into my sand substrate, to help to reduce it, I am also collecting rain water to use in the tank because of the high Nitrate in tap water. Do I need to do anything else to get them to grow?

I am new to plants but I do know you do not want to bury the rizome on the java ferns. This will end up killing it and the rizome will rote. It will do better if attached to drift wood or a rock. The roots in time will attach themselves.

One of the best plants in my limited experence for removing nitrate is anarchis.... This stuff grows fast and sucks the nitrates right out of my water.

I am sure some others will have better advice than me!

jeaninel 02-17-2011 01:54 PM

+1 to Curt's reply. The anacharis will probably be better for sucking up nitrates as Java Ferns are rather slow growers. Not sure how these plants will do in brackish water though.

redchigh 02-17-2011 07:06 PM

I would try:

Anarchis
Anubias
Bacopa Monnerei
Ceratopteris
Crypt
dwarf sag
Vallisneria
Java Moss

They might do well. I'd buy extremely small plants (cheaper) and see how they do.
Of course, when those puffers grow and need full saltwater, you'll have to throw away the plants (Or make the 10G freshwater!)


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