View Full Version : Java Fern & Java "Lance" Fern

08-23-2010, 08:05 PM
is there a difference between these two plants, or is the "Lance" one just a fancier name for the same thing? O__o

08-24-2010, 12:20 AM
I have a lot of java ferns in my tanks. From what I can tell there are 3 types; broadleaf, narrowleaf, and windelov. I've seen lance fern refereed to as both broad and narrow leaf so it's hard to say for certain.

To give you a frame of reference, this tank has all broadleaf java fern,

This tank has narrowleaf in the center (a little hard to see), with broadleaf in the back,

08-24-2010, 12:42 AM
oh wow.. the broadleaf ones look awesome! I was just curious because the site I was looking at said that the Lance can easily flourish in an unheated aquarium, and I always thought that Java Fern needed at least 75F.. It had no info on whether it was the same thing as the regular kind though.. Thanks for the references! :)

08-24-2010, 01:14 AM
I've kept all my ferns in unheated water with no problems. Good luck thumbs2:

08-24-2010, 01:34 AM
The windelov version is also called Java Lace. I've never heard of "lance". It's very slow growing and it looks like someone shredded the tips of the leaves. Seems to be a hardy plant as are most of the java plants.

08-24-2010, 03:43 AM
Quite a few varieties of Java Fern out there, without pics it could be quite a few different things...

Windelov/Lace would be my bet... possibly a typo on "lace"
Then there's philipine, needle leaf, regular, broad, tropica, trident plus others I don't know and there's probably more varieties being cultivated right now.

08-24-2010, 04:01 AM
I think this was the website I was looking at when I started to wonder if it was the same thing or not.. http://aqualandpetsplus.com/Decor%20Java%20Lance%20Fern.htm

Honestly, from their pictures, it looks like regular ol' Java Fern.. Kinda like DrNic's broadleaf pics, just not as vibrant and healthy..

The lace/lance thing did cross my mind, but they repeat it way too much for it to be a slip-up.. I think some people just randomly called it lance because it has that shape to it's leaves.. :x

edit: ok, I got the answer! I looked around this guy's site some more and noticed he had an update on a second page..

Java Fern vs. Java Lance Fern: Well, here's a change for you. I googled "Java lance fern" and got only 19 hits. About half were my use of the term. Then I googled "Java fern" and got over 62,000 hits. So I'm now (December, 2007) using the term Java fern.

Looks like he was just randomly calling it that after all.. Glad that's all figured out now.. Thanks again, everyone! I really appreciate the help! ^__^