Java moss \Taxiphyllum barbieri\ - by far the most popular moss in aquaristics
Taxiphyllum barbieri,also called Java moss, originates from Southeast Asia and is one of the rather undemanding and undemanding mosses. Low demands on water and light make Java moss an all-rounder that feels at home in almost any tank.
Java moss grows thanks to its adhesive roots (rhizoids) willingly on all surfaces, which is why it has gained lasting popularity, especially in aquascaping. Bound on stones or roots (hardscape) or alternatively glued on, it forms decorative highlights and accents in the aquarium. If the growth is too strong or uneven, the Java moss can simply be shortened with scissors and brought into shape.
Native to Thailand, China and Indonesia, Java moss grows in its natural habitat mainly in river banks. It occurs both emersed (above water) and submerged (under water). This characteristic makes the adaptable and robust Java moss also interesting for use in the Wabi-Kusa or in the terrarium. In the aquarium, it makes quite modest demands on the water values and is therefore also popular with beginners.
Tie or glue Java moss onto roots or stones
The robust Java moss, which belongs to the genus Taxiphyllum, is often found in aquascapes or natural aquariums, where it is used for decorative purposes. Java moss likes to be attached to roots or stones in particular, where it grows very quickly thanks to its adhesive roots.
The Java moss can for example beADA Moss Cotton orNylongarn on roots or stones or alternatively also with theDupla Plant Fix plant glue can be used. Otherwise, with a little skill, the Java moss can also be clamped between roots or stones, where it will also grow after a short time.
Java moss as an in vitro aquatic plant in a 1-2-grow cup is guaranteed to be free of:
- Snails and snail eggs
- Bacteria and fungi
- Algae and algal spores
Java moss in the shrimp tank and as a retreat for fry
Both fish offspring and young shrimps welcome the Java mossTaxiphyllum barbieri as a welcome hiding place, which also has a rich accumulation of microorganisms and detritus (when the aquarium is well established) and thus represents an excellent food source for young animals. Not least for this reason, germ-free mosses from in vitro cultivation are used in particular in the keeping, care and breeding of Crystal Red and Red-Bee shrimp, as these are completely harmless to the shrimp and free of any pesticides.
Java moss is also very popular with ornamental fish as a spawning plant. In addition, it is also suitable for use in breeding or rearing tanks.
Java moss first became known in the 1930s when it was imported from the island of Java by the Zoological Institute of the University of Vienna. Since then it has also been discovered by aquarists and has contributed significantly to its popularity.
- Origin: Southeast Asia
- Type: Moose
- Growth: medium
- Height: 3 cm - 10 cm
- Width: 5 cm - 10 cm
- Light: 0.25 Watt per litre
- CO2: 3-5 mg per litre