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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-06-2013, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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My Java Ferns always die...

Im debating trying Java ferns again but in my experience they always die on me. Ive tried both java and tropical fern....tropical did a bit better but still struggled. I thought these plants were easy keepers like anubias?

My reading are always 0 in my uncycled tank, I dose ferts and have 6500k lights. Ph is 8.0.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-06-2013, 09:56 AM
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Did you make sure not to burry the rhizome? Maybe the pH. 8 seems a bit high What did they look like before they died?

That's really strange... They are quite hardy, I mean I haven't killed mine and I suck with plants XD it must be something obvious.

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It always puzzled me as well as that is what ive heard. I usually tied them to a rock with an elastic band or string. They would start off green, then over the course of maybe between 2 and 3 months they would develop brown spots and rot from the root up quickly. The smallest leaves would wilt and turn to brownish goo, then the larger ones, I usually tossed them when the root went so they werent adding to the bio load, but generaly 70% of the plant looked brown spotty and rotted.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-06-2013, 02:54 PM
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most plants love hard water, but I find that java fern is not one of those, that on top of high light and high temps, mine straight dissolved. lol
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did you throw the leaves away as soon as you saw the brown spots? Im pretty sure most cases of brown spots are spores for reproduction. The daughter plants grow from the spores and consume the old leaf, but your brown spots might be different cause.

Are the spots just 2D spots or do they bulge out? Do they start out as black 2D spots? If the answer is yes they are probally spores
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Well that explains a lot...I thought my plants were suffering first from green spot algae and then alien/parasitic invaders when fuzzy brown tentacles emerged from the bottoms of the LEAVES!!!

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