Sick java fern

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Lucy_kk

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Have recently noticed every single leaf of my java fern has gone splotchy brown. It has spead quite rapidly it used to be really bright green and healthy and i only pruned off dead or dying leaves as i like my tanks well planted. I dont know if it dying since i changed my substrate to sand or somthing? I dont use any plant fertilier as i believe the fish do that for me.

Can anyone identify with this? Any advice much appreciated, all fish are fine and i am unwilling to remove it as it is such a large feature in the tank which the fish love. ESp Chandler- it is where he sleeps and hangs out!

Thanks Lucy
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If you had this Java Fern in substrate, and changed that substrate, the change could be the reason for the plant deterioration. Maybe the plant had a lot of nutrients in the substrate, and as you removed the substrate, you also removed the nutrients. BUT, normally Java Ferns like to grow on surfaces like rocks and driftwood - so maybe the plant is dying because it's not growing on a surface? Just a thought. In any case, don't throw away the plant's main root. It may grow new leaves even as the old leaves wither away and die.
 

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Java Ferns don't like change. As long as you get it re-attached to something (they usually don't do well if the "root" at the bottom is buried), it will fully recover in a few weeks.
 
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I trimmed off all dead leaves and removed them but i have kept the main bulk of the roots as they have some healthy little leaves growing out of them. Looks a bit sparse but hopefully it will recover.
Thanks for advice!
 
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