Java Moss - Planted Tank Mates

Java Moss

6” | Foreground | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Column Feeder

Taxiphyllum barbieri

Characteristics:

Max Size: 6″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Shrimps can graze and keep Java moss clean of algae.  In return, baby fry love to nest and hide in it.

Notes

As the name states, Java Moss is actually a moss and is a type of plant that has no roots. Their nutrients do not come from the substrate but rather the water column. This is probably one of the most hardy and versatile plant species you can ever grow. You can tie or glue them to rocks and wood and let them create a nice foreground. Some will tie them to shaped mesh and mimic a carpet appearance on the ground.

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Description

6” | Foreground | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Column Feeder

5” | Midground | Easy

Co2: None | Light:  Moderate

Root Feeder

3” | Foreground | Easy

Co2: None | Light: Low

Root Feeder

2” | Carpet | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Root Feeder

6” | Foreground | Easy

Co2: None | Light: Low

Root Feeder

4” | Foreground | Advance

Co2: High | Light: High

Content

Taxiphyllum barbieri

Characteristics:

Max Size: 6"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Shrimps can graze and keep Java moss clean of algae.  In return, baby fry love to nest and hide in it.

Notes

As the name states, Java Moss is actually a moss and is a type of plant that has no roots. Their nutrients do not come from the substrate but rather the water column. This is probably one of the most hardy and versatile plant species you can ever grow. You can tie or glue them to rocks and wood and let them create a nice foreground. Some will tie them to shaped mesh and mimic a carpet appearance on the ground.

Compare carpet plant options and select the next one for your planted tank https://plantedtankmates.com/aquarium-plants-for-beginners/

Echinodorus tenellus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 4″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Foreground + Carpet

Parameters

Co2: Not Required, but grows faster with

Light Level: Moderate

Tank Mates

Great for community fish and creates a nice habitat for bottom dwellers.

Notes

Pygmy Chain Swords spread with surface runners and can create a carpet like appearance.  It has narrow blades and is often confused with Dwarf Sagittaria which has larger blades and grows in clusters.  Provide nutrient rich substrate or feed root tabs to help promote its growth.  They tend to grow taller with low lighting, but will stay dense and low with moderate to high lighting.

Cryptocoryne Parva

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Foreground + Carpet

Parameters

Co2: Not Required, but grows faster with

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Great for community fish and creates a nice habitat for bottom dwellers.

Notes

Very slow growing plant.  They tend to melt when first introduced underwater.  New sprouts will grow over time.  Algae can grow on their leaves, so keeping them in partial shade is OK.  Supplement with root feeders to keep them healthy and thriving.

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Micranthemum tweediei

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Carpet, Foreground

Parameters

Co2: Low - none

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Low foreground plants are great for invertebrates and bottom feeders to graze and hide.

Notes

Monte Carlo is another easy carpet plant, but like most will take a bit of time to establish without CO2. Their roots will go into the soil, but their runners will spread on the surface where new stems will grow. The short and bushy profile makes a great foreground look. Trimmings can be planted right back into the substrate. Compare carpet plant options and select the next one for your planted tank https://plantedtankmates.com/aquarium-plants-for-beginners/

Cryptocoryne Petchii

Characteristics:

Max Size: 6″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Foreground

Parameters

Co2: Not Required, but grows faster with

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Popular foreground plant for shrimps, snails and bottom feeders.  Avoid fish that may shift the soil or uproot it.

Notes

Easy growing plant that's expected to melt in the initial stages of planting underwater.  Feed it root tabs and occasionally supplement with liquid fertilizers including Iron which can help promote coloration.

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Glossostigma Elatinoides

Characteristics:

Max Size: 4"

Care Level: Advance

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Foreground

Parameters

Co2: Low - High

Light Level: High

Tank Mates

Low foreground plants are great for invertebrates and bottom feeders to graze and hide.

Notes

This is another popular carpeting plant in aquascaping. The leaves are bigger than Dwarf Baby tears and their requirements are nearly identical.  To create a strong perspective, you can place the larger Glossostiga Elatinoides in the front and the smaller Dwarf Baby Tears further back. Compare carpet plant options and select the next one for your planted tank See the diagrams on how you can setup CO2 for your aquarium
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