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AquaticMagic 08-15-2005 08:43 PM

Research on moss - Care to share?
Hi guys and girls,

Welcome me to this forum? Hee
I am a moss lover and I am currently doing some research on emersed and submersed moss... I collect species like Java, Taiwan, Xmas, Erect, Mini and lots more...

I am currently looking into how the water condition affects the moss... Hope to collect a database on how to grow the moss into different shapes and sizes.

I really appreciate if you guys care to share some of your experience in growing them... I received a mail by fellow aquarist stating that Java moss grows poorer in CO2 water... I wonder if that's true..

Please post closed up picture of your moss, the water parameters (pH, kH), temperature, light intensity and nutrients level.

Here's their scientific name, take a look:
Christmas Moss - Vesicularia montagne
Erect Moss - Vesicularia reticulata
Singapore/Mini Moss - Vesicularia dubyana
Java Moss - Taxiphyllum barbieri
Taiwan Moss - Taxiphyllum sp
Peacock Moss - Taxiphyllum sp
Stringy Moss - Leptodictyon riparium
Weeping Moss - Vesicularia ferriei
Willow Moss - Fontinalis antipyretica

AquaticMagic 08-15-2005 08:46 PM

From my experience with these plants,

Taxiphyllum species has a softer feel when you pinch them... try pinching some taiwan and java moss... they kind of soft because their cells are elongated...

Vasicularia sp are kind of harder when you pinch them.. Try some erect and Xmas moss...

Pls correct me if I make any mistakes

HeyPK 08-15-2005 08:53 PM

I have a suspicion that there are a large number of mosses that cah grow submersed. I have taken some soil from the woods and submersed it, and mosses grow from it perfectly well submersed.

AquaticMagic 08-15-2005 10:04 PM


Originally Posted by HeyPK
I have a suspicion that there are a large number of mosses that cah grow submersed. I have taken some soil from the woods and submersed it, and mosses grow from it perfectly well submersed.

Ya I guess you are correct. But I am into moss for only a couple of months... still reasearching on how these things grow...

HeyPK, you mind posting some pictures here?

AquaticMagic 08-15-2005 10:39 PM

I have found a site that has very detailed description on these moss
You can study some of their articles on moss around Southeast Asia.

david lim 08-15-2005 10:56 PM

Hey foo lee,
glad you could make it to this forum!

You pointed to a real nice site. Another good one for fish and plants is

I always find the cooler the better. My xmas moss looks funky when it's warm but real nice when it's cool. I've had terrible luck with java until I turned down the temp of the tank. This expands to not just mosses but monoselenium (pellia) too. I have not yet found a moss particular about nutrients, etc.

Erect, I found, though, grows more erect under high light. Maybe the light stimulates it :).... j/k.

AquaticMagic 08-15-2005 11:37 PM

Hey David,

So surprised to see you here! haha...
I guess those moss grow very slow, that's why nutrients level doesn't affect them so much...
My moss turn brownish when the temperature hit 28 to 30 celcius... When I fixed a fan to cool it to 26, it turns greener...

So far, for those who love lush green moss, I would think Erect moss is the best...

kimbm04r 08-16-2005 08:49 AM

Hi, Glad to see you here
Well, I'll be darned. I send you an email in response to the Christmas Moss I won on aquabid and ask you if you have ever heard of this site and the first thing I see when I sign on this morning is your post. How about that!

Welcome to the forum.

Can't wait until I get the Christmas Moss, and I guess now I know where it is being shipped from also. :p

Uniquely, hehe

SnyperP 08-16-2005 09:49 AM is a great site for moss info. Check it out some time.

david lim 08-16-2005 11:31 AM

haha... like your location insignia although i'm also partial to taiwan :0).


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