Moss , common name for Fontinalis Antipyretica
, another hardy plant which makes few demands on the water
or light. Like it's cousin Java Moss it is ideal for decorating
stones and plant roots in your bowl. It can be tied into
position using fishing line or just left free floating.
Like other types of mosses its an excellent hiding place
for smaller fish and shrimp.
There are however a few things to note about
this plant that sets it apart from Java Moss. One of the
biggest differences is the leaf size which are at least
twice the size of java moss.
Willow moss, while very easy to care for and
extremely tolerant regarding water conditions is structurally
more delicate than java moss, having an almost feathery
quality to it's stalks. As near as I have been able to observe
there is nothing marginal about this plant, it is a true
aquatic. I have never seen it poke part of stem out of the
water as I have seen java moss do presumably to get more
difference I have experienced with Willow Moss as opposed
to Java Moss is it's ability to thrive in even lower lighting
conditions then any aquatic plant I have run across including
Java moss. I'm far from being an expert but if you are looking
for a low light alternative, willow moss maybe one of your
Willow Moss fact Sheet
- Scientific Name: Fontinalis Antipyretica
- Substrate required: none
- Light requirements Low to Medium
- Temperature 10 - 28C
- Hardness tolerance soft - hard
- pH tolerance: wide range from acid to alkaline
- Easiness of Care: very easy to average
- Placement: free floating or anchored to wood or rocks.
- Growth characteristics: slow creeping growth
- Propagation: cuttings, any cutting will grow into a
- Typical Uses: nutrient sponge, decoration, spawning
are a number of other types of moss similar to Willow Moss
beside Java Moss. You may have heard of "Taiwan Moss"
or "Christmas Moss".
These two names have been used interchangeably to to refer
to the same moss while others claim them to be two different
plant types entirely.
What ever the case maybe, both tend to have a more organized
but even slower growth than java moss, tending to grow in
a kind of triangular "christmas tree" type pattern.
However, it maybe important to note that this growth characteristic
depends on environment such as water temperature, lighting
and so on. Many times Christmas moss will grow in a more
stringy, chaotic fashion, greatly resembling it's cousin
Possible sources for Willow Moss