A bit of this snuck into my tank with a larger load of the standard Java Fern. I found that the Wendelov was happy with the same conditions as the standard variety, but was slightly less robust and it's hardly propagated at all. Still quite lovely.
i bought both this fern and the normal java fern to be arranged together on my bogwood. The normal java fern didn't take and this one grew in well with medium light, diy co2, and no ferts. Definately a want for those aiming for a decent low tech plant
This was one of the first plants I ever bought. In my low tech tank it has almost quadrupled in plant mass in about 8 months. It is quite large now and the tips of the leaves are like huge palm leaf fans :P. It has taken algae attacks and uberlow light and my rough handling with ease. Once I took it out of the gravel and onto some driftwood it really took off though. This plant looks beautiful when put into large groups together.
I had acquired a few pieces of this plants to attach to my lava rock but as a warning, be sure to NOT use Maracyn in your tank when you have plants in there! There was no warning on the medication bottle/packaging and it almost killed off all my plants some months back.
The leaves all died off while the rhizomes remain green. It's been a couple months since but I still have hopes that new leaves will sprout *crosses fingers*
I always have a hard time with Java Fern, but I tried this species with the idea that I would just leave it in the tank if it died off and see what happened. So - After I tied it to some driftwood it promptly died off like I expected it to, but instead of throwing it out this time, I noticed some of it was still green so I left it in just in case. After growing a couple tentative sprouts (which died off), it finally has started growing like an alive plant nearly a year after I bought it. It's starting to look pretty now. Mine is a low-tech tank.
I have several of these in my aquariums and they're either completely brown or have brown splotches...very frustrated...have had these over a year...wishing they would be that beautiful vibrant green. :(
I started with 2 inches of rhizome of this, within a year it's now the size of a softball. It grows pretty good along with the regular java fern in my 2.5 gal. Compared with the pictures, the largest leaf I can find is less than 5 inches tall. Also it doesn't branch out as much compared to the pictures provided on this page. My Tank Specs: -2.5 gallon -13w PC light -Excel -Flourish -Root Medic Macro
I tried growing this in medium light conditions and found it was slow growing and had a tendency to grow brown algae on it. I later planted a bunch in the shadow of some taller plants in my aquarium and found it thrived. I found it thrives when it is tucked in between some rocks, under driftwood or in a shady corner of my tank.
I have two large plants of this that I recieved in 2009. They haven't grown in size but reproduce like crazy! Also, they're debris magnets and are very messy. Not good for my tank but I still keep them anyways.
#1 the rhizome should not be under the top of the sub, but only the roots. #2 when you go to buy it ask them to put water in the bag. Most plants are OK/w just a splash of water and the humidity that fills the bag. If leaves of java fern get the least bit dry, they die off in spots...usually black spots.