Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

Three Questions You Should Ask About Java Ferns

May 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 180

Okay so picking the right plants for your betta tank doesn't have to be done with the same care you would give say picking a brain surgeon - or like your life depended on it. But this is still a decision worthy of a bit of brain sweat. Okay maybe just a little. Because the answer may lie in a plant you may never have heard of before. Java Ferns

That's right. The java fern could just be the best aquarium plant you have never heard of. It's an even better betta fish plant, if I'm allowed to so designate one. Plus it's a low maintenance bit of vegetation that should do just fine in your tank and bring with it several benefits.

Having been sold on the idea, as with all things betta, there are some questions you might wish to ask about this planted tank adventure that you might not think of so let me suggest a few. These are extracted from the list of less than obvious questions about java ferns you may not have thought of but should have.

Question #1: So why is this a good plant for bettas?

It's simple. Plants help to keep nitrate levels down. And low nitrate levels equate to better water quality which equates to healthier fish. Aside from that these ferns provide shelter or just a place for a betta to take a break. You may see your fish just resting on one of the leaves. Plus they add to the overall beauty of the tank you've got going there.

Question #2: Sounds good, then how do I get started with these?

Success with java ferns begins with cured driftwood. Given these plants are rhizome based, meaning the leaves and roots develop from one, you'll want to simply tie your plant to the driftwood with fishing line until its roots take hold. After a few weeks you can snip off the line as the plant should be firmly attached by then. The roots will spread across the face of the wood from there.

The big idea here is to avoid burying the rhizome in the gravel or substrate. That will doom your plant to a fairly quick death.

Question #3: Will I need to provide any kind of fertilization?

Good question with a short answer. It depends. That and everyone has their favorite one be it something like Leaf Zone or some other commercial aquarium plant food. Plus there are no hard and fast rules for feeding.

Here's the deal with the fertilizer. The amount your plants will need to thrive depends on how much light they get. To put it simply the more light the plants get the hungrier they'll be. So more light equates to higher fertilizer or food requirements. The trick is too much of this stuff and you'll only be encouraging unwanted algae growth. Too little and your plants may be stymied. Much like Goldilocks, the amount to use needs to be just right. Which you can only determine from firsthand experience.

Still the nice thing about java ferns is they'll make do with the light you provide. Taking anything from bright to low light and making the best of it.

Anyway those are three lesser, yet good to know questions about java fern that you might not have thought of asking off the top of your head. So now you know.

And should you want help with male or female betta fish a visit to is just a click away. Many find it to be worthwhile to read all the helpful advice and tips about Siamese fighting fish that awaits novice and intermediate betta keepers alike.

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

Rate this Article

Article Tags:

Java Ferns


Betta Fish

As a consequence, they are better placed to fight any disease effortlessly. Alternatively, you can give them organic and natural food.As a consequence, they are better placed to fight any disease

By: Simon Liva l Pets > Dogs l December 11, 2012 lViews: 251

The captive parrot population is exploding and so is the neglect and abuse, breeders, Bird Food Manufacturers all seek to keep this trend growing in the name of profits,with no regard for the

By: Ray McLennan l Pets > Birds l November 16, 2012 lViews: 766

The Cardinal is the Kentucky state bird. Many people love watching them in their backyards but are not familiar with the facts about this Northeastern bird. They are stunning against any background

By: Jack l Pets > Birds l October 31, 2012 lViews: 245

Establishing and maintaining good levels of oral health is important for both humans and animals to ensure they can enjoy a quality of life. Each part of the mouth area, from the teeth to the jaws,

By: Edward Swan l Pets > Dogs l October 27, 2012 lViews: 228

There's more to keeping your dog at home than just installing an invisible pet fence and hoping for the best. Take steps to train your dog so he understands and accepts his boundaries.

By: Penny Q Jones l Pets > Dogs l July 06, 2012 lViews: 261

Dogs face many complications and diseases during their lifetime and effects from parasites are one of them. This article entails some significant features that can help you understand the importance

By: Kannoujia Tapas l Pets > Dogs l July 05, 2012 lViews: 261

When looking for the right sand for your aquarium, you will need to look at the different categories there are. By understanding the different categories before you buy it will save you trouble down

By: J W Chasel Pets > Fishl June 07, 2012 lViews: 227

When you obtain a freshwater aquarium, one thing you want to prevent is disease in your fish. The most common disease is ick. Here is a description of this disease that you need to be on the look out

By: J W Chasel Pets > Fishl June 06, 2012 lViews: 394

When you first obtain an aquarium, you need to decide when your fish are hungry. This is a tough nut to crack especially when you are just starting out. After many trials and errors, here is how I

By: J W Chasel Pets > Fishl June 06, 2012 lViews: 244

The common goldfish has to be one of the most commonly kept species of fish of all time. The goldfish is a very hardy species and can adapt to a wide range of water parameters. All too often though

By: Mike Magnuml Pets > Fishl June 05, 2012 lViews: 239

One of things I wanted to do when I started my freshwater aquarium was to keep snails out. I spent extra money to ensure I purchased snail free aquarium plants. One time I purchased plants from a a

By: J W Chasel Pets > Fishl June 04, 2012 lViews: 254

Fish tanks are a beautiful addition to any home and will provide you with hours of entertainment while looking at its contents.It has been proven, that in this frazzled, hectic world, pets have a way

By: Carl R Solfl Pets > Fishl June 02, 2012 lViews: 272

Does it seem your betta has lost it zest for life? Is it sick or is it simply slowing down as a concession to aging? Learn what to watch for as your betta advances in years.

By: Lucas Smatanal Pets > Fishl May 28, 2012 lViews: 179

Do you know the four reasons why bettas and peace lilies in a vase do not a perfect set up for your fish make? Before you jump in maybe you should explore these so you can make an informed decision.

By: Lucas Smatanal Pets > Fishl May 20, 2012 lViews: 181

You've seen the videos. You're taken with the idea of breeding betta fish. It's sounds exciting and fun. But is it? What do you really know about breeding them? Are you ready? This articles gives you

By: Lucas Smatanal Pets > Fishl May 10, 2012 lViews: 152

Discuss this Article

comments powered by Disqus