Riccia or Java Moss
>> Yeah, but that's good because you don't want the lawn to be so fast
growing that it takes over or chokes out the other plants. <<
Most of the best "lawn" type plants need quite a bit of light. This limits
them to a large extent to the open areas in the front of the tank. I haven't
seen and signs of any of the common "lawn" plants choking out other plants.
>> We have to think about what plant LIKE to grow together too and I
understand swords and esp. Crypts prefer their own kinds. <<
I have not found this piece of folk lore to hold true in any of the tanks I
have. I grow Crypts and Swords with all kinds of other plants.
>> What I found with Java moss, it was too much work to keep it out of the
other plants and I let it get out of control. <<
Well, that is a problem.<g> All fast growing plants need to be kept in hand.
The only annoying problem I have with the Java Moss is that it does want to
creep down into the Lillaeopsis. Even so, it is a minor annoyance. I just
weed it out when I do my weekly maintenance on the tank. That keeps ahead of
>>Do you find you have to trim it? and how often? I don't think you could
just pull parts off by hand; it's too tough and would loose it's shape and
I _do_ just pull excess off by hand. The anchored strands are very tough,
and stay put. The further it grows from the base, the easier it is to pull
off. I just run my fingers through it, and removes any that pulls away. It's
these loose strands that will start to move into other plants anyway.
E-mail from: Karen Randall, 13-May-1995