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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-25-2015, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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Java Fern not growing very tall

Is there a trick to getting Java fern to grow taller?

I have 3 or 4 bunches of narrow Java fern in my 55 gallon. It is all growing short and thick.

It's low light, I have a Finnex Stingray on it for I think 9 hours a day.

I am getting good growth, its very thick and bunchy, and I have what look like a ton of plantlets. Over the last month I have already cut off 3 plantlets that had 4 or 5 leaves each and replanted those and still have several more forming as we speak.

I dose a slightly modified EI dosage of liquid ferts as well as 2xExcel daily.

Tank has only been up since July, and I'm not expecting over night kind of growth.

Do I maybe need to thin out the thick bunches and only keep the newest most healthy leaves?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-25-2015, 04:07 PM
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Could you describe your fert dosing in detail please? As in type, actual amount, and frequency.
A full tank shot showing the plant mass would also be great.

And, how hard is your water? If you have GH and KH vales that would help.
How often and how much do you change water?

Hardness has an effect on Java Fern growth for sure, and your fert routine may be playing a role.

With low light like what you have, most plants should not look very bushy.

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Ferts: DIY EI liquid ferts from nilocg
15ml twice a week - macros
15ml twice a week micros

Water changes usually about 50% weekly most of the time.

I have pretty hard water but do not have kh or gh tests.

Ill try and get a photo later when I get home.
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For the fertilizer dosage, what percentage of the full EI dosing for 55G is this?

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