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Hi Folks: I have read so many times about java fern being easy to grow, it is not fussy about light or nurtrients. I just can NOT grow this plant as it turns completely black and rots right through. IF they are not fussy, why will it not survive in my tank? I have very soft water, could that be the answer?? Thanks-
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I have heard that Java Ferns prefer hard water.
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Thank you. I figured that had to be the reason as all other plants are doing fine. Thanks-
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I have pretty soft water water and they grow like crazy. They do like light but they can be forgiving to some extent, they prefer some water current and do require some nutrients .
Also, I keep the nitrates in my tank at 8 - 12 ppm , the ferns seem to do better in this range. I rarely test my nitrates anymore, when my ferns dont look their best , I find my nitrates are normally low. :?
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What do you add to keep your nitrates that high Buck?? I am now looking for stump remover but have not found it locally yet. Thanks-
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fishlady,

You can buy all the nutients you need @ http://www.gregwatson.com/products.asp. Stump remover is nothing more than Potassium Nitrate (if your lucky). When marketed as stump remover, it is usually much more expensive than when you buy it as ferts.

KNO3 will come in powder form. Use Chuck's calculator to create diluted (more accurate) solutions. I use a 5ml syringe to dose my tanks. http://www.csd.net/~cgadd/aqua/art_p...osage_calc.htm

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Fishlady,

First off, what is your set up like? How much light are you using, and what about co2. I don't think that you will need to be dosing your tank with nutrients for your java fern. Of course, it doesn't hurt, but java fern is pretty undemanding. Mine thrives with 20W incadescent on a 38g tank that only houses two adult angels and two cories.

What are your specs?

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I have a 90 gallon tank that houses angelfish (8) and I have a reading of 0 nitrate right now, thats why I was looking into the stump remover...I have tried java fern many times and it just does not survuve. Dont know why-
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0 Nitrate eh? What kind of other plants do you have in there and what's your light like? What nitrate test do you have by the way? Do you use co2?

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I have hygrophylia, water sprite, hornwort, anubia nanas, moneywort, banana plant, micro sword and amazon sword. I test it with aquarium pharm. test kit and yes the test is good because I have two tanks and it reads 10 in the unplanted 30. Thanks, I have read that 0 nitrates is not unusual with alot of plants. Correct??
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OOps, forgot to add the lighting is 1.5 wpg form a compact flourescent- K 9325 (brand new).
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