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Java Moss | Home Fish Aquarium Guide

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Java Moss

I’ve got to say that Java moss is quickly becoming one of my favorite plants in our freshwater aquarium. Why? For starters it’s quite resilient. When I first got it the lump of moss looked so huge that I decided to put part of it in a mason jar with water. It has stayed on the windowsill in that lump in a mason jar for close to a year now and is still alive. The rest, I had used to try to attach to a bit of pvc pipe that we had lowered into the aquarium as a cave for one of our danios.

It is definitely a slow grower for us. We have a fairly good lighting and it seems that it is a bit more pale in the brighter part of the aquarium. Bits and pieces of it can break free though during water changes and cleaning and float and colonize around the tank. So, the heater has a bit growing (just above the water line), our airstone has a pretty good colony, etc. For us, it’s also prone to be covered with algae or collect other debris. I try to move the vacuum over it as I clean, but sometimes it’s not enough to get everything, so I’ll take it out of the tank and shake it out in a bucket to try and clean it.

For those that are breeding their fish, the java moss can be a good place for some species to spawn, they will scatter their eggs in the java mass. It also can provide cover for fry protecting them from being eaten by the larger fish.

For the resilience of this plant it is definitely one of my favorites!

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March 7, 2010 - 10:20 PM