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Keeping Java Moss

by Cory McElroy 2 min read

Keeping Java Moss

If you don’t have a green thumb and are looking for a nearly indestructible plant, then 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!

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 almost no light and has low nutrient requirements. A light green color on the ends of the moss indicates new growth while brown areas indicate old or dying growth.

The plant, like most mosses, is unique in its design in the fact that it does not root. Rather, Java Moss attaches itself to things, much like ivy. Java Moss tends to anchor itself in one spot and then float there peacefully; its green wisp’s just resting above the gravel. It can be forced to anchor itself by manually attaching this moss either with string or super glue. In most stores, a portion of Java Moss is about $5 and most pet stores will always carry it.

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. While the Java moss provides a great source of microscopic food. There are times when hair algae can grow on the moss, but adding a few shrimp to the tank will take care of that problem.

Jave Moss tree by Reddit user u/CuriousWonderingCat

Java Moss is extremely attractive in 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 with scissors. Trimming the plant will keep it healthy and won’t damage any future growth. Allowing this moss to grow wild can lead to older growth dying, but in general, the whole plant as a whole will not die. 

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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