Willow Moss (Fontinalis antipyretica)


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Willow Moss (Fontinalis antipyretica)


Common Name: Willow Moss
Proper Name: Fontinalis antipyretica
Category: Ferns and Mosses
Temperature: 20 - 28 C
PH: 6-7
Lighting: Low
Growth Rate: Slow
Difficulty: Easy
Origin: Asia/Europe
Position in Aquascape: Foreground
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A cold-water moss that grows slowly without co2. It's great when creating moss trees especially if you want the "willow tree" look which is how it got it's nick name. If using co2 you'll notice the moss grows at a faster speed and becomes a lush green! You can still achieve this without co2 but it takes a while. Willow moss looks best attached to wood and it's recommended to use glue as tying it can cause breakage and you'll end up with pieces floating everywhere. My RCS love it and I love my little willow moss tree!
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I tied these to driftwood and take about 3-4 months to be attached.
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Slowest moss I have ever had. It is a really neat kind of corse. It's Steam is kind of hard I found that made using string to tie it was not easy. Once it starts to grow it's very pretty and will grow downward weeping.
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Willow moss, Fontinalis antipyretica, is also known as "antifever fontinalis moss", and can be found in North America, according to the USDA, but its site fails to say where. It does, however, list many species of Fontinalis that are either native or introduced into North America, so finding one near you should not be difficult, and worth trying submersed in the aquarium.
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