Java Moss Cons?

Guppy43
  • #1
I use java moss in 80% of my tanks either to help with ammonia or because it is really nice as plant decor. Fish love it for cover or a food source.

Just wanna ask the experts, any downsides to java moss??
 
Bryangar
  • #2
Not a downside but it’s the ugliest out of all the mosses.
 
Discus-Tang
  • #3
It could strangle or starve other plants
 
smee82
  • #4
The biggest con is its ugly and every ither moss looks better. Other then that if it grows out of control it can clog filters as well as kill plants directly or indirectly by blocking the light.

It was the 1st moss I got and I can't get rid of it. Everytime I think its gone and add a different moss it comes back and I lose the new moss.
 
Guppy43
  • Thread Starter
  • #5
Is it really that ugly??
 
Bryangar
  • #6
Is it really that ugly??
IMO, yeah compared to the other available mosses. Unless you are going for a jungle look in your aquarium, which isn’t a bad look.
 
smee82
  • #7
IMO, yeah compared to the other available mosses. Unless you are going for a jungle look in your aquarium, which isn’t a bad look.

Even if you want a jungle look its still pretty ugly
 
Guppy43
  • Thread Starter
  • #8
IMO, yeah compared to the other available mosses. Unless you are going for a jungle look in your aquarium, which isn’t a bad look.


It does look great for jungle looks. Works great as a semI permeable wall, got this huge clump of it in my main tank where the smaller fish go in and out of while those to large to fit simply lay on it at night
 
EbiAqua
  • #9
It traps particles of food and waste, causing it to become riddled with algae if not cleaned.
 
-Mak-
  • #11
Yeah, quite stringy and ugly, no defining structure like christmas moss.
 
MaximumRide14
  • #12
I think it looks fine, but I definitely prefer the christmas moss. My biggest con with it is that it unravels and becomes stringy all the time. I honestly haven't bothered to fix it after it unraveled from a cholla piece (originally tied on with fishing line) and it looks really bad.
 
Guppy43
  • Thread Starter
  • #13
I think it looks fine, but I definitely prefer the christmas moss. My biggest con with it is that it unravels and becomes stringy all the time. I honestly haven't bothered to fix it after it unraveled from a cholla piece (originally tied on with fishing line) and it looks really bad.


I normally keep mine in clumps held down with rocks or driftwood
 
Guppy43
  • Thread Starter
  • #14
Yeah, quite stringy and ugly, no defining structure like christmas moss.

Christmas moss is lovely
 
AJE
  • #15
Haha
It does look great for jungle looks. Works great as a semI permeable wall, got this huge clump of it in my main tank where the smaller fish go in and out of while those to large to fit simply lay on it at night
jungle look, I have some moss on my trees
 
Guppy43
  • Thread Starter
  • #16
Haha

jungle look, I have some moss on my trees

Admittedly it used to be a small clump on a stick
 

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