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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-14-2006, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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Moss Moss Moss?

Well I really have very little experience with moss's. I believe i have some java moss growing in my tank, but i cannot be sure that is what it is. It is on the darker green/almost brown side. In my opinion, its not the nicest moss.

Anyway, I am planning a new tank and I would like to use some brighter green moss. I hit the galleries and found that amano uses Fantinalis antipyretica. It is very green and grows very nice.

Does anyone have any other recomendations for brighter sp. of moss?

Does anyone have Fantinalis antipyretica?

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Fantinalis antipyretica (Willow moss) is similar to Vesicularia dubyana (java moss). Under the right condition the moss will be bright green (For both)
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Thanks for the tip Anti-P......

In that case....does anyone have willow moss?

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I have Fontinalis antipyretica ssp. in my tank and I do like it. Willow moss is a large and beautiful moss, you can compare it to the Eleocharis next to it in this picture. There seems to be different type of subspecies, the willow moss in looks smaller than mine. The new parts of the moss are really light coloured, but the older parts are darker. There are other Fontinalis species too, looks like there is something that looks quite like a Fontinalis sp. in a Petco located in NY, here's a thread about it:

One of my favourite mosses is stringy moss, it is really tiny and rather light green in colour, it's not as light as Riccia, but it isn't as dark as most of the other mosses either. And I really like how it grows upwards. Fish Newb was selling it a while ago in this thread.

Here's some pictures of my mosses. From left to right: Willow moss subspecies, Riccia, SŁŖwassertang, submerged growth of stringy moss, emerged growth of stringy moss.

Willow moss, Riccia, SŁŖwassertang:

SŁŖwassertang and stringy moss submerged (the tall one) and emerged (the short bush):

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