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Question Difference be xmass moss and java moss?

I am bidding on moss at Ebay. Won the java moss. Now thinking of bidding xmass moss. I have looked for tanks for comparison and didn't find any.

What is the difference between the 2?
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Here you go:

Christmas moss

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Those are nice pictures, but they are in show tanks. Thus probably look different in a novice tank.
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Hold on and I'll snap a picture in my 2.5 that has both. Be right back....

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Okay, how about this:

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Java around the Christmas (with the shrimp on it):


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Very nice pics

IMO the java just looks a bit finer. Is it that way first hand?


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Thanks for the pictures. I see from a distance they will look the same.

I had read that the xmas moss, when the light not high, resembles the java moss. I am using low light thus there wouldn't be any difference.

Thus I will not try to win the xmas moss. I will just stick with the java moss.
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The christmas moss will be a little darker green than java moss, but you are right that they look similar in lower light. Java is indeed much finer. It is also more stringy. I have found java moss is not a good moss to use as a wall, but christmas moss drapes beautifully.

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The christmas moss will be a little darker green than java moss, but you are right that they look similar in lower light. Java is indeed much finer. It is also more stringy. I have found java moss is not a good moss to use as a wall, but christmas moss drapes beautifully.

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I am planning to grow it on top of a hill and maybe on the side of the hill. Think I will wait until I get the hill up and buy the xmas moss.
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That will look awesome. Make sure to post pictures of that!

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I don't know if its just me but java moss has a very distinct smell...
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I am planning to make a hill and put some moss on top. Perhaps on the side too.

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That will look awesome. Make sure to post pictures of that!
The hill will be 10 x 10 in. Plan is to use wire mesh to make a box and fill it with rocks. Then spray the rocks with Great Stuff foam. It will be a while until I get to it, for I have so many other things I need to do to bring in some income. Just doing some planning while I recuperate from ear infection.
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Great idea, I like it! What size tank are you going to put it in? Good luck with the ear infection. I hope you feel better soon. They are awful.

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I like the x-mas moss better for scaping, and the java moss for spawning tanks for the fry to hide in. I have better luck growing the x-mas moss than I do the java for the most part. I like the looks of the x-mas moss better too. Hope you get over your ear infection soon.

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Great idea, I like it! What size tank are you going to put it in? Good luck with the ear infection. I hope you feel better soon. They are awful.
Thanks!! Yeah the ear infection is better.

I will making the wall for a 29 gallon tank. A lighthouse ornament will go on top. Plans are to simulate these 2 pictures.




Hoping to simulate the water with aquarium marbles and aluminium flash guards.
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