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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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How high is your lighting and what type of substrate?

I havent dosed ferts, besides extra fish food, for months and its doing great. My substrate is flourite with root tabs from six months ago.
 

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Im dosing about 12 drops of the stuff, that’s about 1.2 ml

its sera florena, and it says no nitrate or phosphorus contained in it

i think its just trace elements

I'v only dosed for a day or 2 though, but my shrimp all went into hiding after i dosed it
Try to find something with phosphorus. I had crazy algae problems when attempting to grow java fern solo in gravel substrate. Switching to flourite or other high cec substrate is definitely worthwhile, although temporarily stressful for fish.
 
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