Java fern turning brown

Gwlson7

My java fern has started to turn brown and orange on the tips of leaves. Is it dying? Should I cut them off or how do I fix this? When I got it it was producing so many baby java ferns, but it hasn’t in a while and looks like it’s dying. ☹️
 

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Blueberrybetta

Do you have the rhizome exposed or buried ?
 

ImpairedFish

Mines buried, mine has started growing nodes on the ends and creating new plants. Do you see any hairs coming off the fern leaves?
 

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Blueberrybetta

Any plants with rhizomes shouldnt be buried. Once the rhizomes starts to rot then the whole plant dies. Java ferns should be attached to rocks or driftwood
 

Gwlson7

The rhizomes are exposed, it’s tied to a piece of driftwood. I’ve realized it’s probably my new light that is causing the leaves to burn. How long should lights be on daily for plants to thrive?
 

Blueberrybetta

The rhizomes are exposed, it’s tied to a piece of driftwood. I’ve realized it’s probably my new light that is causing the leaves to burn. How long should lights be on daily for plants to thrive?

Anubis & java fern are low light so the lighting could be it. Do you dose any ferts ? I have my anubis in the shade & dose ferts. Usually lights should be left on for more than 8 hours I'd say. All plants requires a different amount of lighting
 

Gwlson7

My tank is fairly small, so unfortunately there isn’t much “shade”. I’m
Getting a new tank soon and will be moving the new light to that one, so I hope it won’t be a continued issue. I use seachem flourish occasionally.
 

Mhamilton0911

Hello all. I have a large amount of java moss turning brown in my shrimp tank. It started a deep jade green and now is more brown than green. I fertilize weekly, 10hrs light, and it's in harder water for the inverts. I read that java moss usually is ok in hard water, but I also have some of the same moss in a jar in my window, and it's super green still. But that jar is much different conditions than the shrimp tank in question.

What am I doing wrong, and is there any saving it?
 

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kallililly1973

just trim the bad stuff out and leave your lights on less 6-8 hours max. thats probably why its doing well in your jar cause java moss doesnt require much light to thrive
 

V1K

I had something similar happen. When I planted my tank, for the first 2-3 weeks it was the best growing plant in the whole tank. Then all the sudden it got yellowish and dull. And it only got some colour back when I bought an additional lamp, so I'm not sure about that not needing much light part. On the other hand, I'm not sure if the moss I have is really Java, I bought it as one but it kind of looks like Flame...
 

aquachris

I have the same issue with java moss. No matter how hard I try.. brown and nasty. Trim back, start fresh, etc, browns and yuck again.

I can grow all kinds of other plants.. just not java moss. Frustrating since I want to breed certain fish that like the java moss I might try some others tho (Christmas moss/etc) just to see if some other species does better.
 

Mhamilton0911


20201126_095729.jpgYeah, this is in my kitchen window, gets south facing sun (although not much right now from the season change).
Super green, spreading around. It was half this size when I set up the jar. It's doing great. It's a chunk from the same original clump.


The shrimp tank is covered in floaters, so less light is reaching the moss, is this the issue? I moved the floaters to take another picture, it's so brown. Shrimp still love it though. In fact, it will be hard to remove considering how many baby shrimp are hiding in it.
 

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V1K

Considering the difference, my guess is insufficient light. Your tank looks really dark, and in my tank all the moss that I put in shaded places like that turned ugly dark brown (instead of yellowish and dull, which is relatively nicer), and I removed it. If the moss is your priority, get rid of the floaters, or at least the majority of them.
 

Mhamilton0911

This tank has no clear direction, lol. I liked the look of the moss, and the shrimps love it, but they also like the floaters. I'll whack out most of the frogbit and water lettuce, and keep the 10hrs for now.

I removed most of the substrate a while back, without fish to keep critters in check I had an explosion of detritus and flatworms. Maybe I'll add more substrate and plant something...
 

Nate32

I currently don't have any Java moss but when I did it grew best closest to the airstone bubbles. I now have christmas moss in my 20 gallon with co2 and the growth rate is no where near the same as the Java next to an airstone. The rest of the Java moss I had turned brown as well in other parts of the tank with similar lighting conditions. No floaters at the time and the lighting was pretty even throughout the tank.
 

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