Sunrise Java Fern - Planted Tank Mates

Sunrise Java Fern

8” | Background | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Column Feeder

Microsorum Pteropus var. Sunrise

Characteristics:

Max Size: 8″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Great for nano community fish like tetras, rasboras, danios, mollies, endlers, otocinclus, corydoras, dwarf gouramis.  Avoid larger mid dwellers that may pick on its delicate leaves like cichlids and goldfish.

Notes

Sunrise Java Fern has a unique green color variation with flaring edges.  Similar to Java Fern, do not bury it deep into the soil as the rhizome can rot.  Lightly bury, weigh it down, or tie it to hardscapes to allow it to grow.  It’s a very slow growing plant in low light settings, but can propagate fast with CO2 and moderate lighting, but look out for algae on the leaves.

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Description

8” | Background | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Column Feeder

12” | Background | Advance

Co2: High | Light: High

Root Feeder

18” | Background | Easy

Co2: None | Light: Low

Root Feeder

20" | Background | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Root Feeder

20” | Background| Easy

Co2: Low | Light: Medium

Root Feeder

3” | Carpet | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Medium

Root Feeder

Content

Microsorum Pteropus var. Sunrise

Characteristics:

Max Size: 8"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Great for nano community fish like tetras, rasboras, danios, mollies, endlers, otocinclus, corydoras, dwarf gouramis.  Avoid larger mid dwellers that may pick on its delicate leaves like cichlids and goldfish.

Notes

Sunrise Java Fern has a unique green color variation with flaring edges.  Similar to Java Fern, do not bury it deep into the soil as the rhizome can rot.  Lightly bury, weigh it down, or tie it to hardscapes to allow it to grow.  It's a very slow growing plant in low light settings, but can propagate fast with CO2 and moderate lighting, but look out for algae on the leaves.

Rotala Wallichii

Characteristics:

Max Size: 12″

Care Level: Advanced

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder + Water Column

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: High

Light Level: High

Tank Mates

Great for community fish, shrimp and snails

Notes

Rotala Macrandra provides outstanding red colors, but it is very demanding when it comes to nutrients.  The conditions must be perfect which includes a good substrate, iron and trace dosing, high lighting and CO2.  The PH for this plant should not exceed 7.0 as it prefers softer and acidic waters. 

Read more about how to maintain Red Aquarium Plants See the diagrams on how you can setup CO2 for your aquarium

Cryptocoryne Spiralis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 18″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: Not Required, but grows faster with

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Most community nano fish like tetras, danios rasboras, pencilfish, kilifish, platties and dwarf grouramis.  Shrimps and snails also benefit from their tall leaves.  Avoid fish that may shift the soil or uproot it.

Notes

This plant is susceptible to melting but at a much lesser rate compared to other Cryptocorynes.  It shoots runners on the surface and can propogate slowly with low to moderate lighting.  It typically averages around 10-18" in height but can grow up to 24" in tall tanks.  Decrease the lighting intensity if algae starts to develop on the leaves.

Hygrophila difformis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 20"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Midground - Background

Parameters

Co2: No

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Pearl Weed is also compatible with most nano community fish, including tetras, rasboras, danios, endlers, gouramis.  They provide lots of shade and coverage for even bottom feeders like corydoras and rainbowfish.  They create great hiding spaces for baby fry and shrimp.

Notes

Water Wisteria is a fast growing, bushy plant.  When submerged underwater, it produces a feather-like leaf structure that's different in appearance than when it's emersed from water.  It's relatively undemanding and can thrive in low to moderate light levels, but can grow tall and fast with high lighting and CO2.  Provide a nutrient rich substrate and supplement with root tabs as necessary.  It's great at consuming nitrogen waste and can be used to help combat algae.

Ludwigia Repens

Characteristics:

Max Size: 20″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder + Water Column

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: Low

Light Level: Medium

Tank Mates

Great for community fish, shrimp and snails

Notes

With proper substrate, lighting, CO2 and iron dosing, this plant can display vibrant red colors.

Read more about how to maintain Red Aquarium Plants See the diagrams on how you can setup CO2 for your aquarium

Lilaeopsis brasiliensis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Carpet and Foreground

Parameters

Co2: Optional

Light Level: Medium to High

Tank Mates

Great carpet plant.  Creates a lush looking lawn.  Closely resembles grass

Notes

Microsword is one of the easiest carpet plants for beginners.  They’re relatively hardy and look like real lawn grass.  Plant clusters about 1.5” - 2” apart and allow them to infill.  They have runners that spread over the surface and shoot roots down into the substrate.  When planting, angle into the substrate at a diagonal to minimize uplifting.

Compare carpet plant options and select the next one for your planted tank See the diagrams on how you can setup CO2 for your aquarium
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