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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?
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!
+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.
I would try:
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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