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1. Microsorum pteropus

Family Polypodiaceae
Continent Asia
Region
Country of origin
Height 15-30 cm
Width 12-20+ cm
Light requirements very low-high
Temperature 18-30 °C
Hardness tolerance very soft-hard
pH tolerance 5-8
Growth slow
Demands very easy

Microsorum pteropus is a water fern which should be grown on a root or stone, attached with fishing line until it has gained a hold. If it is planted in the bottom, do not cover the rhizome because it will rot. Easy to propagate by splitting the horizontal rhizome. A hardy plant which grows in all conditions. The black spots under the leaves are sporangia (reproductive organs), not signs of disease as many believe.

2. Microsorum pteropus "Windelov"

Family Polypodiaceae
Continent Asia, Cultivar
Region Cultivar
Country of origin Cultivar
Height 10-20 cm
Width 12-18+ cm
Light requirements very low-high
Temperature 18-30 °C
Hardness tolerance very soft-hard
pH tolerance 5-8
Growth slow
Demands very easy

Microsorum pteropus 'Windeløv' is a patented variety of M. 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.

3. Microsorum pteropus "Undulata"

Family Polypodiaceae
Continent Asia
Region
Country of origin Thailand
Height 10-35 cm
Width 10-25 cm
Light requirements very low-high
Temperature 18-30 °C
Hardness tolerance very soft-very hard
pH tolerance 5-8
Growth slow
Demands very easy

Variety of Microsorum pteropus with wide, wavy-edged light green leaves. In most conditions the plant grows appreciably larger than Microsorum pteropus, and is therefore best suited to larger aquariums. The plant was originally found in southern Thailand. See also Microsorum pteropus.

4. Microsorum pteropus "Narrow"



Family Polypodiaceae
Continent Asia
Region
Country of origin
Height 10-20 cm
Width 10-20 cm
Light requirements very low-high
Temperature 18-30 °C
Hardness tolerance very soft-very hard
pH tolerance 5-8
Growth slow
Demands very easy

Microsorum pteropus is a highly variable species, and new varieties are easily bred. M. pteropus ''Narrow'' has narrower leaves, which grow at a less acute angle from the stem than the normal M. pteropus. The plant attaches readily to roots and stones. A decorative plant, which is also suitable for smaller aquariums. See also Microsorum pteropus.

5. Microsorum pteropus "Phillipine"



Family Polypodiaceae
Continent Asia
Region
Country of origin Philippines
Height 10-30 cm
Width 10-20 cm
Light requirements very low-high
Temperature 18-30 °C
Hardness tolerance very soft-very hard
pH tolerance 5-8
Growth slow
Demands very easy

Variety of Microsorum pteropus with strikingly beautiful long, slender 'hammered out' leaves. Microsorum pteropus ''Philippine'' grows readily on roots and stones, but can also be planted directly on the bottom - but not too deep. The plant is hardy and also suitable for larger aquariums. It is tolerant of salt, and originated from the island of Panay in the Philippines, where it grows right out in the tidal river mouth and thrives both below and above water. See also Microsorum pteropus.

6. Microsorum pteropus "Red"

Family Polypodiaceae
Continent Asia
Region
Country of origin Thailand
Height 10-30 cm
Width 10-20 cm
Light requirements very low-high
Temperature 18-30 °C
Hardness tolerance very soft-very hard
pH tolerance 5-8
Growth slow
Demands very easy

Variety of Microsorum pteropus characterised under good growing conditions by new leaves with a reddish brown colour. The leaves turn greener as they age. The leaves are longer and broader than the standard variety of Microsorum pteropus. An impressive plant, also in larger aquariums. Originally found in southern Thailand. See also Microsorum pteropus.

7. Microsorum pteropus "Taiwan" or Microsorum pteropus "Needle leaves"




8. Microsorum pteropus "Tropica"

Family Polypodiaceae
Continent Cultivar , Asia
Region Cultivar
Country of origin Cultivar
Height 15-50 cm
Width 15-30+ cm
Light requirements very low-high
Temperature 18-30 °C
Hardness tolerance very soft-hard
pH tolerance 5-8
Growth slow
Demands easy

Microsorum pteropus 'Tropica' grows fast and is bigger than M. pteropus. Highly distinctive, with dentate leaves. Older leaves are sometimes lobate (up to 5 cm lobes). M. pteropus 'Tropica' has been bred by and named after the Tropica nursery in Denmark. Microsorum pteropus 'Tropica' is patented and may only be produced commercially by licence. A beautiful solitary plant for large aquariums.
 

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Hi

You have some nice healthy (and great sized) specimens there.

I cant believe they (Tropica) seems have stopped the production on some of these varieties.

Not a good sign because you can no longer get them from Tropica. I sure hope that those plants can be obtained elsewhere instead of just going rare.

You are short of windelov pic, so I share one here


This is one of the trickiest among the ferns (which usual problem is turning brown). It does not grow so huge like the other variety either.
 

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I have Windelov mand thin leaf...both my fave of the Javas~
 

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they don't like air~
 

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:icon_wink Very nice pictures!
Normally the Microsorum pteropus ''Philippine'' has much more 'hammered out' leaves.

The plant is grown in a very large tank!
I only know one person in Indonesia who make tanks in a size and quality that can grow these plants! His name is Mr.Sutrisno!
Perhaps it is photos of plants from tanks he made? :icon_wink

Claus Christensen
Tropica "www.tropica.com"
 

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That is a possible problem, but in this case with Mr Claus himself dropping by (the forum is happy to see you) it is solved. (Could also contributed by the statement that all infos are taken from Tropica).


Mr Claus,
Mr Sutrisno of Bandung is quite famous for his large tank... more of his large natural system which not only involve thousand gallons tank, but is connected to a real pond and fed by a fresh spring.

Ragn4rok here is a friend of mine who is a diciple of Mr Sutrisno. I'll notice him know and have him describe the rest :)

Anyway if you do not mind I'd like to ask what's with the deletion of some species which tropica sells? I notice some changes in the buying catalouge now there are many plants missing.
(although I suppose it has something to do with stability of the variant or perhaps due to tropica nursery expansion)

I can proudly say that Indonesia has quite some number of aquarium freaks going underground, unseen, unpublished, unknown. The size they are playing may shock me should I find out. This is very real looking at how some people would periodically buy out large quantity of "more exotic" tropica specimens out of the local dealership and certainly they need somewhere to dump it all.
 

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they don't like air~
in many areas of the wild they are grown terrestral i did it once in a little nano thing it took a while and some of the leaved died but it worked.
 
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