Microsorium pteropus (Java Fern)

Microsorium pteropus (family Polypodiaceae) is a popular aquatic fern. This plant can tolerate very low light and almost any water quality. These ferns should be grown on top of the substrate rather than buried. They are a good choice to be attached to roots rocks and driftwood where they will do very well and add a new dimension to the aquarium. Microsorium is a fern so reproduces sexually with spores that are formed on the undersides of the leaves. Small plantlets are also formed on the edges and undersides of the leaves especially if the leaves are left to float on the surface of the aquarium. These can be planted as they get bigger.

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