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Old 05-02-2006, 09:17 PM   #16
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To any of you guys that picked this up and are now growing it:
Did you notice a big difference in teh new growth compared to the old growth when you first bought it?

In my case the leaves are much brighter green,( which is to be expected since the moss wasnt doing too great in the tanks at petco IMO) and surprisingly the leaves on the new fronds are much smaller. Im not sure if the leaves will elongate with age. Also , in tanks without strong current the moss grows more multidirectional and ive noticed less branching of the new fronds.
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Old 05-02-2006, 09:50 PM   #17
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Mine seems to be stagnant...it isn't dead but it really hasn't taken off yet. It was in a horrible state when I got it. But the few fronds that are growing are certainly greener, and somewhat "leggy" - like mini-stems almost...that is my observation so far with it.

I might move it into a higher light tank with co2 (not excel) and see how it does.
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Old 05-04-2006, 02:08 PM   #18
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As for the identity of teh moss, im 90% sure its "willow moss" or fontinalis antipyretica , The stuff sold elsewhere that has larger longer leaves is fontinalis antipyretica var. gigantea.

http://www.killies.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=4884#4884
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Old 05-04-2006, 02:35 PM   #19
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I haven't seen "real" willow moss for ages, but I think it is somewhere between these two. Here's a picture of this "Petco moss" with my Fontinalis antipyretica spp. (propably the gigantea, since... it's gigantic, but the identification isn't 100% certain). I think the best way to get this Petco moss identified is to send it to a moss specialist. I could volunteer to try to do that after mine has grown for a few weeks in the aquarium.

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Old 05-04-2006, 04:19 PM   #20
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actually i think the moss on the right might actually be some plagiomnium species
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Old 05-04-2006, 05:31 PM   #21
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Well, it hasn't been identified 100% sure, so it might be anything, but the best guess is willow moss subspecies. It is from Germany and is a true aquatic moss, so I'll try to check if there's any aquatic Plagiomnium species in Germany that grows to over 50 cm long.
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Old 05-05-2006, 07:30 PM   #22
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i just bought some and mine is fairly healthy. Almost all green. The first thing I thought is willow moss. The portion is HUGE. Im going to take a pic and post a lil later.
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This Petco moss has now been identified and it is, surprisingly, stringy moss, Leptodictyum riparium. And the big one in the picture really is Fontinalis antipyretica var. gigantea. Here's a thread about the ID:s : http://www.killies.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3076
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Thanks for that! Stringy moss...hmmm, needs a better name, but, now that mine isn't all brown, I can see what it would be named that...
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Would you like to get some more? Mine is growing happily and trying to take over the tank.

It looks like this now:


And a big clump of it behind the bigger Fontinalis antipyretica var. antipyretica and CRS:
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