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Trouble with my java fern.

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I got some java ferns a few months ago, plants came as separate leaves wraped together in a lead weight. so i plucked the plantlets off the leaves and planted them in the gravel with the only the roots in the gravel. well they aren’t growing very well.. the leaves are all curved down and inwards, in a spiral shape, brownish, or have the edges curved inwards. I started dosing some sera florena but my cherry shrimp don’t seem to like it..
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As long as the rhizome is out of the substrate, it's should do fine. My java fern's roots get really long and when I pull the plant out, its attached to small chunks of dw, the root has adhered to a lot of sand; as if it was rooting itself.
 

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I'm not a fan of unnatural coloured substrates, but it doesn't matter for the java fern. I use tahitian moon sand, no nutrients what so ever. From what I've read and what I experienced, JF doesn't take in nutrients from the roots; if they do, then it would be very minimal. I cut all the roots of my JF before I tie them to rocks/dw. They still do great.

What are you dosing? How much?
 

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Just because your shrimps dropped the egg, it doesn't mean that it was due to the ferts. Alot of members here dose fertilizers and their shrimps are top notch.
 
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