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HeyPK - 2010-05-31
Your picture for Ceratopteris thalictroides is definitely not correct. It looks like a picture of one of the members of the genus Hydrophila, which is stem plant and an angiosperm, not a fern at all.

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-06-07
    Thanks HeyPK, you are right this is definately not Ceratopteris thalictroides. We are taking the picture off until we get a good one. Send one if you've got one! Thanks again.
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Anonymous - 2012-02-14
Can I put a Java Fern in my one gallon tank with a betta.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-14
    It would have to be a really small piece of fern. One gallon is not very big but a little piece is OK - java ferns grow like crazy.
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-14
    One small piece is fine. However, do note that Java Fern can reach large sizes, and may need to be trimmed back a bit when large.
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Barbara - 2003-11-18
Wonderful Plant!!! Attach to bogwood, stones, etc, and allow to grow down it and cascade into the soil. Not at all picky. WILL NOT BE EATEN BY RAMSHORN SNAILS! Grows quickly and is undemanding. I have kept the same plant for 5 years, never had a single complaint.

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Ross 14 - 2010-06-04
A great plant when tied down to a rock or wood properly and firmly. It took 5 to 6 weeks to root into sandstone, once rooted the string/thread may be untied. Be careful not to plant directly into aquarium substrate as this will rot the roots of your plant. A great easy plant that does not require much effort and will accept very low light levels. New shoots will also sprout from the rhyzome generally quickly, Co2 is not required but can be added. (A GREAT PLANT)! *****

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Shick Settima - 2012-02-22
This plant is the perfect plant if you are looking for easy, fast growth. I have it planted in all types of conditions and it thrives. Even in a goldfish bowl with little light it stays green and healthy.

Every couple months I will shake the main plants in my 20g tank and the little plantlets will release themselves to the top of the water where I can harvest them and plant them around to create a bush effect.

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  • Ron - 2012-03-24
    If you have a start of water sprite you could spare, please let me know what it would cost. Thanks, I am just getting back into killies and guppies, I was sick for a few years.
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Roy Clarke - 2012-10-09
I have planted some Java into my established bogwood. How many hours of light will they need to survive and grow?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-09
    This plant needs very little light.  Bright lighting should be avoided.  Normal tank/room lighting is usually fine for this plant to thrive.
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StillWater - 2005-05-24
Great information. I've seen people call the shoots that Java Fern produce bearded algea. Thanks for the accurate data.

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Anonymous - 2005-06-25
I've had a few of these plants for a few years and they are very tough. I had them in a place with non-sufficient lighting for a long time and they survived for a year with little damage to the plant.

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Michael Adams - 2012-02-14
By the way, just looked the broad leafed variety is ceratopteris cornuta... now to find some for sale..

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Michael Adams - 2012-02-14
1. Water sprite (if you get the real deal) IS an aquatic plant, and given adequate light and nutrition, and a lack of fish that will eat it, will do fantastic - to the point you will be giving it away or throwing it out... (years ago when my family owned a tropical fish store we would give starts to anyone who wanted them, and it would be no time before they were hauling back buckets full...)

2. Yea, the pic looks almost more like "water wisteria" which i never had very good luck with, but who knows...

3. there are two varieties of water sprite there is a very 'thin' leafed version(makes me think of what they call asparagus fern), and one with thicker leaves (makes me think of elkhorn fern, which is what we used to have, and I wish i could find nowadays)...

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