Java Fern or Microsorum pteropus, has long been popular among aquarium enthusiasts. It is attaractive and is easy to obtain and grow. In recent years, several new varieties have appeared that differ from the standard broad-leaved form. One of the most attractive is Microsorum pteropus ‘Philippine’. Introduced and sold by the Danish nursery Tropica and once only available in Southeast Asia, it is now popular in almost every country.
I see one such great Philippines java fern being sold by Marimo Pet Company. The LUFFY Coco Philippines Java Fern is now available worldwide and easily available for purchase from Amazon.
Known particularly for its slightly broad leaves that embody a hammered like surface pattern, the naturally darker green hue of the Philippines Java Fern adds depth and contrast when placed with other underwater plants in any fish tank. Beauty aside, this plant is easy to care and is quite popular among aquarium enthusiasts who’re looking for a fuss-free plant options to beautify their tank.
Although not a difficult plant, it definitely does have somewhat specialized requirements. Not suited for soft and acidic water, it is often found in brackish habitats in nature. If presented with unsuitable water parameters in the aquarium, it soon develops holes and blackish areas on its leaves. A general hardness of around 10 dGH and a pH of 6.6 and above are recommended.
It grows great even with low CO2 levels, dimly lit tanks or with minimal to no plant food. With strong light however, these ferns evolve into a brighter, more striking green – giving you the flexibility to play up or tone down the color and design of your tank. As long as they are tied down and their rhizomes (roots) aren’t covered, these ferns will slowly grow and live for a long time, reaching up to 12 inches or more when it reaches adulthood.
I tried the LUFFY Coco Philippines Java Fern, which comes attached to an organic coconut husk. Each plant bears at least 10 leaves, each at a size range of 3 to 8 inches.