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Microsorum pteropus var Narrow

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Microsorum pteropus var Narrow is a variant of the popular aquarium plant Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus). Java Fern is known for its hardiness, adaptability, and unique appearance, making it a favored choice among aquarists, especially those keeping freshwater planted aquariums. The 'Narrow' variety of Java Fern is distinguished by its slender, narrower leaves compared to the typical Java Fern. Here are key details about Microsorum pteropus 'Narrow':

  1. Leaves

    • As the name suggests, the defining feature of 'Narrow' is its narrower leaves compared to the standard Java Fern. The leaves are elongated, lanceolate, and have a more upright growth pattern.
    • The coloration of the leaves is dark green.

  2. Growth Form:

    • Microsorum pteropus 'Narrow' has the characteristic Java Fern growth habit, with rhizomes from which the leaves emerge. It should not be planted in the substrate; instead, it can be attached to hardscape elements like rocks or driftwood.
    • The plant tends to grow slowly, and it is well-suited for low-maintenance nature aquariums
  3. Lighting:

    • Java fern var narrow are adaptable to a range of lighting conditions. They can thrive in low to moderate light but may exhibit slower growth in lower light.
    • Avoid high-intensity lighting, as it can lead to algae growth on the leaves.
  4. Water Parameters:

    • Temperature: 68-82°F (20-28°C)
    • pH: 6.0-7.5
    • Hardness: Soft to moderately hard water is generally suitable.
  5. Substrate and Planting:

    • Java Ferns are epiphytic plants, meaning they should not be planted in the substrate. Instead, they can be attached to rocks, driftwood, or other aquarium decorations using fishing line or plant-safe glue.
    • The rhizome (horizontal stem) should be attached above the substrate to prevent rotting.
  6. Compatibility:

    • Microsorum pteropus 'Narrow' is compatible with a variety of aquarium fish and other aquatic plants.
    • It can be used in both freshwater and brackish water setups.
  7. Maintenance:

    • Pruning is generally minimal, and damaged or yellowing leaves can be removed to maintain the plant's appearance.
    • Java Ferns are known to grow slowly, and sudden changes in the aquarium environment can result in a period of adjustment where some leaves may melt before new growth appears.
  8. Propagation:

    • Java Ferns, including 'Narrow,' can be propagated by dividing the rhizome. Each divided portion should have a healthy portion of the rhizome and a few leaves.
    • Plant the new divisions in the aquarium, and they will continue to grow and produce additional leaves.

Microsorum pteropus 'Narrow' is appreciated for its slender and graceful appearance, making it a suitable choice for aquascapes where a more delicate Java Fern variety is desired. Its compatibility with various aquarium setups and ease of care make it a favorite among both beginner and experienced aquarists. Providing stable water conditions and proper attachment to hardscape elements will contribute to the success of Java Fern 'Narrow' in your aquarium.