Java Moss Tile, or at least a Glass Islands Java Moss Tile
is about 2 inches in length and ranges in thickness between
1/8" and 1/4". The actual length of the moss can
range between 1/4" and over 3" (or more) and is
usually stated in the sales description for any given tile.
There are two shapes of Java
Moss tiles being offered at this time, hexagon (top
left) and square (as seen below). While either one can fill
just about any needed position within a tank or bowl. The
hexagon seems to offer a better foreground, stand alone
option while the square tile is great for edges, corners
and row clusters.
This is not a clump of moss tied to a tile but dozens java
moss plantlet's placed on a tile and held
with nylon netting similar to Takashi Amano's methods for
anchoring riccia and similar plants. Over a slow growing
process of several months in relatively cool water, very
low to no nutrients the plantlet's form the mass depicted
in the provided picture.
Because no hyper growth methods are used the moss should
adapted quickly to any suitable environment and all the
materials used in the process are completely aquarium safe.
While these tiles usually do not start out with a lot of
moss on them their pre established growth and excellent
growing potential make them an attractive ornament in almost
any aquatic environment.
aquarium use the tile is typically fully immersed,
sitting quite well on the bottom. The tile can be pushed
almost completely into any sand or gravel but it would be
wise not to cover the top of the tile since this would eventually
kill the moss strand tips that connect the moss to the base
of the tile. See below picture
terrarium use we recommend the tile sit in no less
than an inch of water. When growing out of water it will
generally grow slower but fuller. If you are interested
in growing the moss this way it is best to start it submerged
and then let it grow out. Java moss that is grown submerged
(like this tile) and then suddenly brought to the surface
tends to dry out because is membranes have not yet adapted
to the new environment.
Clean, slightly moving water will go a long way to keeping
your plant healthy and water changes will typically trigger
new growth. We hope you enjoy this plant as much as we have.