photo credit: BlueMist
common name - java moss
proper name - formerly thought to be Vesicularia dubyana but now it possibly is Taxiphyllum barbieri
origin - South east asia
care level - it is an easy beginner plant
lighting - it does well in low to high lighting setups
substrate preference - this plant is floating so it doesn't have any type of difference in growth with different substrates
temperature range - grows best at 75-80 but can survive in temperatures of 60-85
category - floating
growth rate - fast
position - can be placed any where in the tank, it can be a wall, carpet, etc.
max size - it depends on how you plant it
PH - it is adaptable to most PH ranges, so should theoretically be fine in most setups
notes - this is a very beautiful, hardy, fast growing, and very rewarding aquarium plant that will be the best addition to almost any home aquarium setup. due to its low care requirements it will grow green in the worst of conditions. this plant has many advantages including it being one of this plants that will help with ammonia issues, there have been studies with java moss, and it took 2 weeks for a small female betta to produce .25 ppm ammonia in a 1 liter tank. from my own experience my fish love to swim through the tangled up moss, this plant has helped my fry survive to adulthood as they retreated in it as soon as the bigger fish came by.
Butterfly said:I have found when Java Moss is left to float in the tank it tends to tangle in the filter or attach to everything in the tank. It is easier to control when attached to wood, rocks or other objects. Just my thoughts.