Moss dough, moss ricardia, moss christmas - aquarium plants
Moss Bubble (moss sp. Moss Bubble is an ornamental plant that not only looks attractive in water, but also maintains its ecological balance. Moss propagation occurs with the help of spores parasitizing on the mother plant.Growing moss sp. Bubble is slow, even if kept in ideal environments. Usually moss well retains its decorative qualities and shape, perfectly attached to surfaces. Any aquarium is suitable for him. Trimming Moss Bubble is not recommended, if he began to look worse, you can thin it or move it to any other place. Lighting moss like intense. In order to moss sp. Bubble was more beautiful to install a carbon dioxide generator in an aquarium tank.
Optimum temperature - 28 ° C, pH parameter - 5, 5 - 7, 5, carbonate hardness 4-9. Moss Bubble (moss sp. Bubble) produces oxygen well, on the outside it forms a considerable number of bubbles. Moss has no roots, but rhizoids are present with their help it is attached to the ground. Bubble) - a good shelter for shrimp, small fish, fry, they find food in it, and can breed. It is recommended to clean the moss using an ordinary siphon, they are carried out over the plant, trying not to disturb its structure.
RICCARDIA CHAMEDRIPHOLIA (Riccardia chamedryfolia)
Riccardia chamedrifolia in natural conditions grows in water bodies of South America. The plant was first discovered relatively recently, in 2005, in Taiwan. Currently, there are about 300 species of this plant, although no more than 5 species can be found in trade. In general, the plant does not have high requirements for its content and can be recommended for beginner aquarists.
Riccardia chamedryfolia has a very decorative look. Like all liver mosses, it spreads along the surface of the soil with a height of up to 4 cm. The leaves of the plant are dark green in color. The stems are quite fleshy. The branches of the plant have a dissected structure with a hairy edging. It should be noted that riccardia is able to significantly change its appearance depending on the surrounding conditions. So with insufficient lighting, the leaves of the plant significantly change their color becoming lighter.
It is advisable to plant rickardia chamedrifolia in the foreground, but if desired, you can plant it in any bright place in the aquarium. Very beautifully with this moss you can decorate various stones, grottoes and driftwood giving them a very picturesque look. A distinctive characteristic of this moss is that it grows very strongly to various decorations and subsequently they can be easily moved to different corners of the aquarium.
Together with this moss, it is impossible to contain herbivorous fish in the aquarium that can cause irreparable damage to it. It is best to contain various small fish, as well as shrimp, for example, amano and cherry, which will not only perfectly harmonize against the background of riccardia, but also take care of the purity of its leaves by eating various particles settled on them.
Water parameters should be as follows: temperature 18-25 ° C, hardness dH 5-10 °, acidity pH 5.5-7.5. The water temperature should not be higher than indicated, because in this case, the plant begins to hurt and may die as a result. The water in the aquarium should be crystal clear, if a fine suspension is contained in the water, then settling on the leaves of the plant, it will provoke the growth of algae on them. Effective filtration is required. The plant does not tolerate excessive amounts of organic matter in water.
For successful cultivation of moss, it is necessary to choose a suitable, brightest place in the aquarium. Also good stimulatingits effect on growth is provided by the systematic feeding of CO2.
Lighting can be both moderate and strong. The daylight hours are about 10 hours a day.
When planting in a new place, the moss adapts to new conditions for a relatively long time, sometimes this period takes more than a month, after which the plant begins to grow slowly and will require periodic cutting with a sharp blade. This must be done to prevent rotting of the lower part of the bush from a lack of light.
Christmas Moss (Christmas Moss, Vesicularia montagnei)
It differs from other types of mosses in the structure of the stem, which resembles a fir tree in its appearance, for which the plant got its name. This type of moss, unlike Javanese moss, does not grow so fast, but looks more elegant in the aquarium. With the right haircut, the branches of the moss hang down, and it resembles its appearance Crying moss (Vesicularia ferriei).
A piece of moss can be grown to driftwood or stone; for this, a bunch of plants is wound with a forest or cotton thread to the base. Over time, the moss will grow to the base and either hide the forest by itself, or the thread will rot away. In this case, it is necessary to cut the moss, since the lower layers of moss grown in the base receive less nutrients from the upper layers, and die off over time, it may happen that by removing a whole lump of moss it will fall off the base. Christmas moss can be left in the aquarium to spread a carpet, in height it grows no more than 10 cm, therefore it very effectively closes crevices and forms a green carpet.
Water parameters: stiffness, dKH 2–13 °. pH 5–7 Temperature: 18–25 ° C; CO2 supply recommended. However, it should be noted that with increasing stiffness, and without the supply of carbon dioxide, the moss grows in the same way but branches much less and eventually becomes similar to Javanese moss. Moss reacts very poorly to a rapid change in water parameters, special attention should be paid to this point.
Lighting. 0.3 W / l. it should be noted that such a value is arbitrary. The plant is lit depending on the depth of the aquarium, and on which plants are planted nearby. Moss itself can tolerate significant dimming, but from an excess of light, filamentous algae can develop between the stems of the moss, which will eventually destroy the plant.
Moss propagates by dividing the stem, a piece of the stem (or a bunch of moss) is transferred to a new place. Where he, under good conditions, quickly takes root.