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Care Guide for Java Moss - Easy Low-Light Plant for Beginners

If you don’t have a green thumb and are looking for a nearly indestructible plant, the Java Moss is for you! Java Moss is one of the easiest plants you will ever grow. This moss is hardy, versatile, and beautiful. You can be sure it will add a flash of green to your tank. You would have to work harder to kill this moss than you do to keep it alive!


Great Durability

Java Moss is an extremely durable plant. There are instances where a plant has been forgotten in a bucket for up to two months and when it was found it was still alive and growing. The moss can grow with absolutely no light and it is rare that someone would be unable to keep Java Moss alive. A light green color on the ends of the moss indicates new growth and due to its sturdiness, Java Moss is great for beginners.

Unique Design

The plant is unique in its design in the fact that it does not root. Rather, Java Moss attaches itself to things, much like ivy. But, you don’t have to worry about planting it and it won’t root into your gravel. Java Moss tends to anchor itself in one spot and then float there peacefully; its green wisp’s just resting above the gravel. In most stores, a portion of Java Moss is about $5 and most pet stores will always have it.


Good for breeders

Java Moss is great for breeders because it is extremely friendly to babies and shrimp. Small babies will find safety and comfort living in the soft moss, while shrimp will appreciate having a place to nest as well.


Shrimp are especially great for Java Moss because they can delicately clean the moss, ensuring it stays healthy. There are times when hair algae can grow on the moss, but adding a few shrimp to the tank can take care of that problem. Shrimp will happily eat the white fluff away.

Attractive Look

Java Moss looks good in most aquariums and can be easily used to aquascape your tank. The moss can be draped and added to branches, whether they be high or low, inside your tank. If you want to keep the Java Moss neater when inside your tank, all you have to do is give it a quick trim. Trimming the plant will keep it healthy and won’t damage any future growth. 


Java Moss is a great choice for the aquarium owners who are just learning the ropes or established tanks looking for a little assistance in the aquascaping department. This resilient plant is sure to be a great addition to any tank!

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