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Re:Java Moss... what do I do with this stuff!!

> Date: Sat, 31 Jan 1998 15:59:38 -0500
> From: "Adam" <adamsw at ican_net>
> Subject: Java Moss... what do I do with this stuff!!
> Hi everyone!
> A friend of mine just gave me a bunch of java moss and I don't know what to
> do with it... I have placed it at the bottom of my 100 G tank in clumps and
> covered it slightly with some gravel to keep it from floating to the top.
> Is it supposed to root and grow along the bottom, or is it supposed to grow
> along the top of the tank and float around in the water (which is what it
> seems to want to do).
> It looks pretty ugly in the tank... is it supposed to get better and more
> firmly rooted???
> Thanks!
> Adam
It sounds like what you have is Riccia fluitans, and not Java moss. Java
moss sinks easily, but Riccia floats.

It will attach to wood or pebbles, but will not root. It is highly
prized by killy fans and Betta buffs, for it requires no substrate,
tolerates extremely low light, and is an excellent "ammonia sponge" for
their small containers. Send it to their club meeting auctions, if it
really is Java moss. 

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Properly used, Java moss or Riccia
can be a visual delight. See, for example, Amano's books, Nature
Aquarium World.


Wright Huntley, Fremont CA USA (510) 494-8579 huntley at ix_netcom.com
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