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Christmas Moss (Vesicularia Montagnei)

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Christmas Moss (Vesicularia Montagnei) 

Christmas Moss, also known by its scientific name as Vesicularia Montagnei, is a popular freshwater species of aquarium moss. It is found in Australia, China, Japan, Indonesia, and other Asian countries.

Christmas Moss takes its name after the shape of its leaves. When viewed closely, the fronds of this moss grow in a pattern that resembles a Christmas tree. Compared to other aquatic mosses, Christmas Moss appears fuller.

How to Care for Christmas Moss

Christmas Moss is not a demanding plant. Provided with good conditions, it should get established in an aquarium relatively quickly. Unlike its cousin, Java Moss, which can tolerate low light conditions, Christmas Moss likes the moderate level of lighting and will grow faster with higher-intensity light. It does not require CO2 supplementation but, like most plants, will benefit if it is provided.

  • Minimum Lighting Required: Moderate
  • Temperature Range: 68-82°F
  • Tank Placement: Foreground, Rocks, Driftwood

Christmas Moss can be attached to rocks, driftwood, branches, and other aquarium decorations. A common aquascaping technique is to attach it to a hardscape by using superglue or wrapping it with thread. In time, the moss will grow and creep over the hardscape it is on.

Christmas Moss should be trimmed with sharp aquascaping scissors from time to time. This will help maintain its attractively "bushy" appearance. After trimming, remember to remove the off-cuts. 

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