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I did some searching here and turned up very little on direct imported mosses from Singapore, so I bought (4) variety last week and had them shipped to me here in Portland, OR. They arrived today...

This was the shippment
  • Trichio??
  • Star Moss, species???
  • Fissidens sp
  • Weeping Moss, Vesicularia ferriei
Has anyone had experience with the Tricho or Star Moss? The Star Moss was the whole reason for me making the order. What is this moss' true species name?

The package:



The contents:



and,



The mosses all looked nice and green in their bags
 

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My moss to drift wood binding begins:



Using 6lb mono filament line, because that's what's on my fishing reel + I don't wanna let it get away!

Fissidens:



The Star Moss:



The Tricho:

 

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...and into the tank they go! The Tricho:



Weeping Moss



and the Fissidens

 

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All of my shrimp are all over them... Yummy!
 

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The star moss is probably Hyophila involuta. It's sometimes called cement moss because it can often be found growing on cement walls. It's not a true aquatic and I've seen lots of accounts of it dying in people's tanks.

I'm not sure what the "Tricho" moss is, but it looks like it might be terrestrial, as well.

However, lots of mosses we keep in our aquariums are not true aquatics, so you may be able to keep them alive. They may even flourish if you have particularly ideal water conditions. :)

The other two, though, are true aquatics. Fissidens fontanus is native to North America; you could probably find some growing not too far outside of Portland, so importing it from Singapore may have been a roundabout way of obtaining it. However, it's very pretty once it adjusts to your tank and starts growing in. I think you'll like it a lot.
 

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So your mosses arrived in a satisfactory condition, as I understand it from your post.

For how many days the package was in transition from Singapore?

I'm interested because I just ordered several plants from Malaysia wondering in what shape they will arrive.
 

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...you could probably find some growing not too far outside of Portland, so importing it from Singapore may have been a roundabout way of obtaining it.
I have heard this, but with current water temps in the 30's, I did mot want to wait till the great thawing...

Thanks for the reply on the "Star Moss" too- I'll look into it, and report it's condition as time goes on.
 

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I read that there were some people who tried growing star moss in more alkaline waters and it did fine(or maybe it was a high Kh-i don't know if there's a difference). They alluded to that being the reason why the moss grows submerged when it's on concrete. But this was all what someone else wrote, so I can't say if its fact or not.

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That's very interesting.

Here's the actual species name (via seller)



Surely someone has had experience on APC with this????

Also, want to share this INSANE(100+) moss pics link: http://www.andrewspink.nl/mosses/thumbnails.htm

Fav here
 

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Holy crap!!! That is the most amazing moss I ever laid eyes on! Where could one get this moss?
 

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That red moss is just a species of Sphagnum. The same thing that when decomposing forms the Sphagnmum peat moss so widely used for cultivating plants or storing killie eggs. It won't grow underwater but will do ok in a pot standing in a water tray in the window.

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You should at least try some of it submerged and see what happens with the two that are terrestrial. I've tried two different terrestrial mosses the past year that I found locally and they both survived underwater (after some browning-out, acclimating, regrowing submersed... ) . Neither one was very attractive when compared to the more common aquatic mosses, and both look very different from teh emerged forms, but they did at least live and grow submersed.

It's worth a shot.

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Your star moss is cement moss and is NOT an aquatic moss.
This seems to be the consensus...

The Tricho looks pretty good and appears to be growing, as do the weeping moss and he fissidens.

Thanks will5
 

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You should at least try some of it submerged and see what happens with the two that are terrestrial. I've tried two different terrestrial mosses the past year that I found locally and they both survived underwater (after some browning-out, acclimating, regrowing submersed... ) . Neither one was very attractive when compared to the more common aquatic mosses, and both look very different from teh emerged forms, but they did at least live and grow submersed.

It's worth a shot.

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Dave - I could not agree more. I have them spread out into (2) tanks now, and just need one to really start growing. Still looking good.
 
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