Aquarium plants Aquascaping with Christmas Moss
Christmas moss is a simple plant to grow in your aquascape and is an excellent addition to hardscapes and Dutch style aquariums. In addition to enhancing the health of your aquarium, the unique leaf and branch pattern of Christmas moss create an interesting texture and depth to foliage or makes an exceptional statement piece in otherwise bare hardscapes.
Christmas moss is now available in Australia from Exotic Aquaristic.
How to care for your Christmas Moss
Christmas moss is very easy to grow, flourishing with or without light. Although not as hardy as the more common ‘java moss,’ it requires little CO2. Regular pruning will help keep Christmas moss tight-knit and dense. This moss can grow up to ten centimeters tall and should not be kept in dry conditions or in hot scorching light.
Benefits of keeping Christmas Moss
This is one of the most sought after mosses in the aquascaping community, forming dense, bright green leaves in a triangular ‘pine-like’ branch structure. Christmas moss can add an unexpected element and texture to your aquascape, filling in gaps and creating a contrasting living backdrop.
Layering moss to add texture to bonsai driftwood is a very popular trend amongst aquascapers. Anchoring the moss to tree-like structures creates the illusion of a flourishing, miniature tree growing underwater.
Christmas Moss can also be an excellent source of food and shelter for shrimp and fish fry, and has the unique ability to consume nitrates as it grows.
The benefit of Aquatic Moss
EASY TO MAINTAIN - You do not need any extra Co2 or special lighting. For maintenance, you can trim this plant every few weeks or leave it to grow into a wild looking moss forest for your fish to hide out
FOOD SOURCE FOR SHRIMP AND FRY - This moss can harbor infusorians. These are minute organisms that are a vital first food for newborn fry. Shrimp may also like to feed off the microorganisms on the moss wall.
SOFT AND COMFORTING FOR FISH - This moss is not only beautiful but practical too. It will provide a safe place for shrimp, fry, and betta to hide in when they feel stressed. This is especially useful in a breeding tank.
CREATE A MOSS WALL OR MOSS CARPET - Sandwich this lush piece of aquatic moss in between plastic or metal mesh, this will create an attractive, green backdrop in your aquarium.
PROVIDES SOME OXYGEN - Like plants in general, moss sucks up CO2 and release oxygen in the water. If you don’t like noisy air stones, this moss is a great addition to help you oxygenate your tank.
SUCKS UP NITRATES , AMMONIA AND OTHER NASTIES, ALSO HELP TO REDUCE ALGAE - Byproducts of fish waste, nitrates are harmless to most healthy fish under 30ppm, but as their numbers increase over time, they can stress and kill your fish. it’s usually not a large amount. Still, any nitrate absorbent is a benefit to your tank’s ecosystem.
- Temperature: 20 - 28
- pH: 5.8 - 7.5
- Lighting: Low to moderate
- Aquarium Placement: Any
- Care: Easy
- Suitable for Beginner: Yes
- Can Live in Emersed: Yes
Loose moss: 5x5cm
Established Metal Mesh: 8x8cm
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