Every day mosses in aquariums are becoming increasingly popular. This is due to their beautiful decorative appearance and the possibility of their decoration of snags, stones and other aquarium decorations, in order to give them a natural look and greater naturalness. Mosses are one of the oldest plant species on our planet, there are about 10 thousand species of moss, most of them grow outside of water, and only a small part of the species can grow in the aquatic environment.
The mosses that grow in our aquariums can also exist in swampy areas above the water level, while their development in the water and above the water can vary significantly, the shape of the leaf and other external features will change. In the aquarium, mosses can be used not only for decorative purposes, they are an excellent refuge for fry and a substrate for fledgling fish. The use of Anubias Pinto and White happens to be essential.
Care for aquarium mosses
Mosses, unlike most species of other plants, are very slow growing, do not have a root system attached to the soil and stones mosses using rhizoids. Nutrients absorb from the water.
There are two main options for keeping mosses in aquariums: together with other plants or separately. If in the aquarium in addition to mosses, other plants are not planned to contain, then it is necessary to meet the strict requirements for the preparation of the aquarium. First of all, mosses consume very few nutrients due to their slow growth, so feel free to abandon the nutrient substrates, nutrient soils and supplemental tablets. Soil in such an aquarium will perform only a decorative function, its thickness should be minimal. Excess nitrate or phosphate levels in an aquarium can cause algae outbreaks.
- In the case of use in the aquarium together with mosses and other plant species there will be less concern about algal fouling. But in the first time after launch, it is recommended to plant as many fast-growing plants as possible until the bio balance is improved. This is true for the Anubias Nana Petite
When growing aquarium mosses, remember that the moss spread on the bark or the cobblestone will grow much better than crumpled and lying at the bottom of the aquarium. If you are buying a moss for an aquarium at a pet store, then ask sellers if this species can be attached by rhizoids to surfaces. If the moss grows to different surfaces, then it can be tied around the snag or cobblestones with ordinary cotton thread, which will later rot in the aquarium. If the moss does not have the ability to grow, then it will need to be straightened with a very thin layer and tied to the scenery with a thin fishing line, in the process of growth the moss will cover the line and it will not be visible.