Java fern

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by fishnewbie687, Jul 15, 2015.

  1. fishnewbie687Valued MemberMember

    I had java fern in the past. They started great, then they started to get brown and die off. What might have been the cause of this? I thought I was doing great. I used liquid fertilizer and had proper lighting. I don't understand what I did wrong.

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  2. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    How much lighting did you have in what size tank?
     




  3. fishnewbie687Valued MemberMember

    I had them in a 20 gallon tank with 2 fluorescent light bulbs (5900k).

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  4. LiterallyHydroWell Known MemberMember

    What is the wattage of the bulbs? Also, 5900k isn't the most optimal spectrum. From my experience, and other's on the forum, 6500k seems to yield some of the best results.
     




  5. BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    Anything from 5000K to 10,000k will grow plants. Especially Java ferns. How long was the light on for? Java ferns are kind of hard to kill.
     
  6. fishnewbie687Valued MemberMember

    Like 6 hours

    What do you guys think I was doing wrong?

    Would the water parameters affect the plants?

    Im scared the plants I'll buy soon will die and Im not sure if Im doing something wrong.
     
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  7. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    I think Java ferns are one of the slower growers... What liquid ferts did you use?


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  8. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    The 5900k bulb should still grow the plants. What ferts are you using and how do you have them planted?


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  9. AquaristFishlore LegendMember

    Good morning,

    Any time that you add new plants, you should expect some die back and then a recovery.

    Java Ferns take very little care and really do not require additional fertilizers. They will do will quiet well in low lighting as they are a low light plant requirement plant.

    https://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/aquarium-plant-profiles/114909-java-fern.html

    https://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/aquarium-plants/103523-java-fern-shade.html

    https://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/aquarium-plants/104503-brown-furry-things-my-java-fern.html

     

    Links above may help you.

    Good luck!

    Ken
     
  10. fishnewbie687Valued MemberMember

    I used flourish. I had them tied to rocks.

    Thanks for all the help!

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    Oh, will adding excel help the plants grow faster?

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  11. oOBlueOoWell Known MemberMember

    I have two types of java ferns. In both of my plants, both died back severely. All but a few tiny leaves died. The tiny leaves then grew into big leaves.

    So if it all seems to die, just leave it and it will most likely start growing again.

    I use liquid flourish comprehensive in my tanks. If you feel your plants aren't getting enough food, you can spot treat with a syringe.
     
  12. fishnewbie687Valued MemberMember

    Ok

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  13. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Yes Excel isn't really co2 per se but it can be used as a form of carbon that plants need.


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  14. fishnewbie687Valued MemberMember

    What's the difference with flourish comprehensive and trace?

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  15. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

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