Microsorum pteropus ‘Windelov’

This java fern is a patented variety of Microsorum pteropus, named after Tropica’s founder Holger Windeløv. Its finely branched leaf tips make it one of the most beautiful aquarium plants. A hardy and easy plant for both beginners and the more experienced.

Best results are obtained by planting it on a stone or tree root. If planted in the bottom the horizontal rhizome must not be covered. This plant is not eaten by herbivorous fish.

Growth up to 10+ inches in ideal conditions. Fertilizer and CO2 addition are not requirements either but will definitely make the plant thrive.

Lighting levels can oscillate from low to high. Java Fern will grow in dimmed water. It is therefore often found in shaded waters tanks where fish do not like high level of lighting (Southern American Cichlid tanks….). Although low lighting levels are accepted by this plant, strong lighting will have it thrive. In good water conditions and plenty of light, it is not unusual to see this plant breath with tiny oxygen bubbles coming out of its leaves.


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