AQUASCAPING THE AQUARIUM: MARCH 2017 AQUARIUM TRENDS
- Java Moss – Perhaps one of the most common aquatic mosses, java moss is native to Southeast Asia and it is known for its hardiness and quick growth. This type of moss needs to be anchored to driftwood or rock to prevent it from attaching to your filter tubing – it also requires a good deal of water movement to thrive. Java moss propagates easily and it can survive conditions that might kill less hardy plants.
- Flame Moss – Native to Asia, flame moss is named for its unique shape. Flame moss grows vertically, developing a lighter green color at the tips that gives it the impression of a flame. This type of moss grows slowly and achieves a maximum height of 4 inches. It does well in low lighting and has a lower carbon dioxide requirement than many aquatic plants.
- Christmas Moss – Another popular choice in aquatic mosses, Christmas moss can survive cooler water temperatures and low lighting. This type of moss grows slowly and it is a good choice for beginners because it is very hardy. Christmas moss should be anchored to rockwork or driftwood and it grows in a triangle shape that looks almost like a Christmas tree.
- Willow Moss – Known for its deep green coloration, willow moss can survive low temperatures and it only requires medium lighting. Willow moss grows to a maximum height around 4 inches and it is generally very easy to care for. It will, however, turn brown if the water gets too warm.
- Peacock Moss – This type of moss is very different from other aquatic mosses in that its leaf cells grow in an oblong shape. Peacock moss can withstand temperatures up to 86F and it branches out quickly, growing in a spreading shape that looks like a peacock’s tail.
- African or Savannah Root – The second most common type of driftwood for aquarium use, savannah root tends to be gnarly on one side and smooth on the other. The benefit of this type of driftwood is that it is self-sinking.
- African Driftwood – This kind of driftwood looks more like standard driftwood than savannah root and it usually comes in more intricate shapes and darker colors. This kind of driftwood may be hundreds of years old and it is much more expensive than standard driftwood.
- Malaysian Driftwood – This driftwood is also self-sinking and it has a similar appearance to standard driftwood with elongated branches. It is a great choice for attaching aquatic mosses.
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