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Title: Not so "aquatic" fern
Post by: cmoorewv on February 06, 2015, 11:22:59 PM
Well, I decided to try my hand at a couple of live plants in my 55 gallon tank. Now home to 6 rosy barbs and 4 cory cats. I bought a couple of those tubed plants at petco. I was looking them up as I was shopping and still grabbed the wrong one. I got one called an asian waterfern, Bolbitus heteroclita, and a Java fern. Once I put them in the tank I looked up the water fern again and lo and behold, it isn't truly aquatic.  :lazyboy:
I anchored them both to the driftwood in the tank, and I'll hope for the best. The Java, from what I've read shouldn't be too hard to keep alive. The Asian fern is a little dicier. Mixed reviews on its ability to grow submerged. Anybody have any luck with it? I'm really hoping they survive. The fish seem to appreciate a non plastic plant.

Title: Re: Not so "aquatic" fern
Post by: steffelem on February 07, 2015, 12:08:04 AM
this is what I found on a site called "The planted tank":

I have grown B heteroclita for a while know an it is a prolific grower, just not submersed. It is a marginal plant and not really even a reophyte like a lot of other aquatic ferns are. It will handle being submersed for short periods but not for long periods. In high humidity terrariums or emersed setups it grows like crazy which is probably why Petco sells it in the tubes (for those that didn't know very few aquarium plants seen at pet stores are grown submersed most are emersed grown).

Although another member on the site said he did immerse his, it took 8 months before he saw any new growth on it. 

Good luck with yours! Glad the fish like the live plants.

Title: Re: Not so "aquatic" fern
Post by: cmoorewv on February 07, 2015, 10:53:09 AM
I'm almost wondering if I should bring it up out of the water and let the leaves poke out the hole cut out for the power filter. That way the roots will still be in water but the leaves out. I had a Homer Simpson doh! moment with that one. I had planned to buy something else and bought the wrong one anyway.

Title: Re: Not so "aquatic" fern
Post by: russ on February 07, 2015, 03:52:13 PM
Even I have a T-shirt for that one  ;)

Title: Re: Not so "aquatic" fern
Post by: cmoorewv on March 01, 2016, 11:59:03 PM
Revisiting my old thread with an update. The African fern I bought by mistake is actually doing quite well. It's pretty slow growing, but it has several daughter plants budding off established leaves now. At some point I plan to snip and replant them. I want them to get some size on them first, though. I am not using CO2 or fertilizer and my lighting is pretty subdued. I also have a thicket of water wisteria floating in there that seems to shade the ferns. They seem to like it that way. In addition to the African fern, I have several java ferns that routinely bud babies ad well. I'm actually surprised I've had success. Happy, too.

Title: Re: Not so "aquatic" fern
Post by: russ on March 02, 2016, 12:04:18 AM
Nothing like plants that produce   :happy:

Title: Re: Not so "aquatic" fern
Post by: Gregg on March 04, 2016, 09:58:45 AM
I bought a tube plant, bolbitus heudelotti and it was sold as "an aquarium plant" as best I remember. Big mistake. I knew ob B. heteroclita and thought that is what I bought.  After learning of my mistake I took it back, after already having it in the tank, and they gave me my money back. It seems that the labeling was misleading in my mind. Speaking of tube plants the best I've used are from top fin and are their java fern, a windelov is doing very well.


Title: Re: Not so "aquatic" fern
Post by: Maradon on February 07, 2019, 03:19:42 AM
It's a good job, amazing.

Title: Re: Not so "aquatic" fern
Post by: Gregg on February 07, 2019, 09:32:45 AM
I did get the correct Bolbitus, heudelotii,  and it has done very, very well in 3 tanks I have placed it in, especially a 30L with good flow and unheated (room temp.) with a ph of 8.0. Hard water, do not know how so, but our region is known for that. Everytime I think it can grow no larger it does, simply sitting on the substrate, and some on driftwood. I see I can not upload a photo, too bad, it is a gorgeous large plant (s), grown together as one.