Java Fern on Driftwood

Java Fern on Driftwood

Java Fern on Driftwood

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Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus) is a popular aquatic plant widely recognized for its aesthetic appeal and ease of care. Belonging to the family Polypodiaceae, this species is native to Southeast Asia and can be found in rivers, streams, and marshes. It has gained immense popularity among aquarium enthusiasts and aquascapers due to its unique characteristics and ability to thrive in various aquatic environments.

The Java Fern features distinctive fronds with dark green, leathery leaves that grow in a rhizome structure. The leaves are long, slender, and slightly crinkled, giving the plant an elegant and graceful appearance. Unlike many other aquatic plants, the Java Fern does not require planting in the substrate. Instead, it can be attached to driftwood, rocks, or other decorations using thread, fishing line, or adhesive. This unique feature makes it an ideal choice for aquascaping, as it adds a captivating vertical dimension to the aquarium layout.

One of the remarkable qualities of the Java Fern is its ability to tolerate a wide range of water conditions. It can thrive in both low-light and high-light environments, although it tends to grow more slowly in lower light conditions. Furthermore, it is highly adaptable to different water parameters, including pH levels ranging from slightly acidic to slightly alkaline, and water hardness varying from soft to hard. These attributes make the Java Fern a versatile and resilient plant suitable for both beginner and experienced aquarists.

Java Fern is known for its robust growth, and with proper care, it can develop into lush clusters or even form a dense forest of fronds. It propagates through the growth of daughter plants or small plantlets that emerge from the rhizome, which can be detached and replanted to create new clusters. It is important to note that the rhizome should not be buried in the substrate, as it may rot and lead to the plant's decline.

In addition to its ornamental value, Java Fern provides several benefits to aquarium ecosystems. Its extensive root system helps absorb excess nutrients, thereby reducing the risk of algae growth. The dense foliage provides shelter for small fish, fry, and invertebrates, offering them a sense of security. Furthermore, Java Fern is compatible with a wide variety of fish species, including freshwater tropical fish, cichlids, and even some brackish water species.

Overall, Java Fern is a versatile and visually appealing aquatic plant that adds a touch of elegance to any aquarium. With its hardy nature, adaptability, and low maintenance requirements, it remains a popular choice among aquarists seeking to create beautiful and thriving underwater landscapes.

  • Sold as a Plants on Small Driftwood. (Driftwood size: 2 inches)

Disclaimer: Pictures are not the actual plants you will receive, but a sample representation. Unless specific, we don't guarantee aquatic plants will be free of pests, and pesticides, grow emerged or submerge. 

Scientific Name

Microsorum pteropus


Leptochilus pteropus

Common Name

Java Fern

Plant Type

Rheophyte / Epiphyte


Attached to driftwood, stone, or decorations


Not required

Growth Rates


Difficulty Level


Nutrient Substrate

Not required

Can it grow emerged?


Lighting Requirements

Low - High

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      24 Hours Live Arrival Guarantee* - In a rare case of live stocks dead on arrival, we must be notified within 24 hours by the same day of delivery. Please take clear photos of the damaged product and send it to us within 24 hours.  Live Arrival Guarantee will be void after 24 hours of delivery. All replacements are considered final and we will not replace the replacement.

      1. Picture requirements: Take at least 2 clear photos of damaged product in their original, unopened & sealed transparent packing and send photos and orders information to our email within 24 hours: 
      2. Please do not take picture of damaged plants, or animals in your aquarium. Once they have been introduced to your aquarium's ecosystem. It is no longer covered by our guarantee.

      Please be aware that our Live Arrival Guarantee is subject to certain conditions. Specifically, the guarantee will not be applicable in cases where the package is marked as 'invalid address', 'undeliverable' or is 'returned to sender.' This includes situations such as a vacant delivery address, a missing apartment number, or any other issues that prevent the postal service from delivering your package.

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      Please keep in mind that Live Arrival Guarantee only guarantees that live stocks will be alive upon arrival. We cannot guarantee that you will continue to have success with them. Many factors, including the aquarium environment, water quality, nutrient, temperature, lighting, filter, and CO2 system, can contribute to the failure to grow live plants and live animals.



      Even though our plants are very clean, but we can't guarantee they will be 100% pest-free because we cannot be responsible for your aquarium. Please use it at your own risk. We recommended all customers rinse the plants with clean water and quarantine them before use.

      However, plants in tissue culture will be 100% free from pests, algae and never have been contacting with any aquarium.

      1. Due to the nature of the product. We don't guarantee our plants will be pests free. ( snails, algae, hitchhikers )
      2. We don't guarantee our plants will be free of pesticides. We use homemade, organic pesticides in our greenhouse to control pests. We do not use pesticides that contain copper. Copper is toxic to invertebrates such as aquatic snails, crabs, shrimps, etc
      3. We don't guarantee your aquarium success or are responsible for your aquarium inhabitant including but not limited to fish, shrimp, snail, turtle, etc. So please quarantine all plants when use!
      4. Unless specific, we don't guarantee aquatic plants will be grow emerged or submerge.
      We kindly request that you familiarize yourself with your state's regulations concerning restricted plants, as we are committed to not sending any plants that may be restricted in your jurisdiction. Additionally, we urge you not to release any plants into the wild or waterways, as it can cause significant harm to the local ecosystem by potentially introducing invasive species and disrupting the natural ecological balance. Your understanding and cooperation in protecting the environment are highly appreciated. For your convenience, you can access the continuously updated USDA State Noxious Weed list through this link: Thank you for your responsible commitment to environmental preservation.

      Customer Reviews

      Based on 18 reviews
      Fran Moreno

      Beautiful plant! Love APF!!!

      Adrian F
      Arrived in perfect condition

      These were exactly as described, and are a great addition to a 5 gal (nano) aquarium.

      Donald Pfeiffer
      java fern on drift wood


      Nelly Mori
      Great service

      The plants arrived quick and in great condition, I had it for 3 weeks and is doing great.

      Chris Wagner
      Great size, healthy!

      Perfect size for my 5 gallon! Plant is healthy and looks great.

      Akyrah Y Cox
      In love!!!

      I'm in love with the Java Fern and APF delivers like no other. I'm so happy and it looks great in my betta tank!

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