Looking for alternative for java fern? Just don't like it that much. From a distance it looks great, but up close it just does not look great. Mostly have it stuck in between rocks and drift wood.
Which species of java fern (Microsorum pteropus) don't you like? I agree that the normal java isn't really a great looking species but Microsorum pteropus 'Windelov', Microsorum pteropus 'Trident', and Microsorum pteropus 'Needleleaf' can all look really good in a tank.
Along with Anubias there are also the Bolbitis species. I found the standard a little large (20" tall) and unruly but the smaller forms like Bolbitis heteroclita 'Difformis' can add some nice visual interest in an aquascape.