White Spots On Java Fern Roots?

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hey guys,

About two weeks ago I planted my first ever planted tank. However I just noticed that some Java fern I recently acquired had a very large amount of white dots within the roots. When I was moving it around in the water I also found that the dots would fall off and “spread”. I’m just wondering what exactly this may be and whether this is going to be harmful? I’m a bit worried to be keeping it in the tank in case it will hurt the fish or other plants.

The tank is five gallons and doesn’t have any livestock as of yet, however I’m hoping to add my Betta when it’s fully cycled.

Thank you in advance! Pictures below!
 

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Just a guess, but the tiny white dots look like the white fertilizer material often seen in some potting soils.
 
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A201 said:
Just a guess, but the tiny white dots look like the white fertilizer material often seen in some potting soils.
midna said:
sand or fertilizer would be my guess
Some pretty good ideas here, however where I got them from they were grown in gravel (unless they were originally grown in soil before that?) is there a chance they could be snail eggs?
 

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