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Taxiphyllum barbieri "Java moss"

Java moss

Taxiphyllum barbieri "Java moss"

Java moss

  • The most popular aquarium moss
  • Can be used in many ways
  • Undemanding
  • Very nice on driftwood
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Description

Taxiphyllum barbieri is the most popular aquarium moss there is. It was confused with Vesicularia dubyana for a long time, therefore it is mostly called "Java moss"; another name is "Bogor moss". In the nature, it is only recorded from Vietnam so far. This tropical water moss forms long, irregularly branched, about 1,5 mm wide shoots that attach willingly to all kinds of surfaces, which makes it an ideal moss for accentuating the hardscape or for hiding technical equipment in the tank. With stronger lighting, it branches more, while its shoots get thin, thread-like and poorly ramified under low light. It grows fast for a moss; we have determined a growth rate of up to 3 - 4 cm per month.

The Java moss is very undemanding regarding water parameters and lighting, it grows with low or high carbonate hardness, pH values of about 5 - 8 and temperatures between 12 and 34 °C, however it looks best under good lighting and complete nutrient supply. It looks especially decorative when it is tied to driftwood; its fast growth makes regular trimming necessary. Make sure that it does not overgrow slowly growing epiphytes. This moss also grows emersed on constantly moist surfaces when the air humidity is high.

Attached to hardscape or as a loose thicket, Taxiphyllum barbieri serves well as a natural hiding place and spawning substrate for the aquarium inhabitants. It is especially suitable for the nature aquarium style with its rather "wild" appearance.

Taxiphyllum barbieri is most commonly called Java moss, and it is the most popular and the most wide-spread aquarium moss there is. Often it is mistaken for Vesicularia dubyana, however, as early as 1982, the moss expert Zennosuke Iwatsuki identified "Java moss" he got from aquarists as Taxiphyllum barbieri. Some years ago, his results were published to a large audience (Benito C. Tan & al. 2004); in this publication, T. barbieri is called Java moss and the real Vesicularia dubyana is given the name Singapore moss.
Unfortunately, the authors were unaware that the original "Java moss" cultivated in Europe over 50 years ago was indeed Vesicularia dubyana and that it was more or less completely supplanted by the faster-growing Taxiphyllum barbieri, which was introduced to the hobby later.
G. Benl introduced T. (read more)

Common names Java moss
Synonyms Isopterygium barbieri Cardot & Copp.
Misapplied names Glossadelphus zollingeri, Vesicularia dubyana
Complete botanical name Taxiphýllum barbíeri (Cardot & Copp.) Z. Iwats.
Family Hypnaceae
Genus Taxiphyllum
Difficulty very easy
Usage Epiphyte (growing on hardscape), Plant for spawning, Nano tanks
Growth medium
pH value 5 - 8
Temperature tolerance 12 - 34°C
Carbonate hardness 0 - 21°dKH
General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
Propagation Splitting, cutting off daughter plants
Can grow emersed? yes
Source Flowgrow
Common names
Java moss
Synonyms
Isopterygium barbieri Cardot & Copp.
Misapplied names
Glossadelphus zollingeri, Vesicularia dubyana
Complete botanical name
Taxiphýllum barbíeri (Cardot & Copp.) Z. Iwats.
Family
Hypnaceae
Genus
Taxiphyllum
Difficulty
very easy
Usage
Epiphyte (growing on hardscape), Plant for spawning, Nano tanks
Growth
medium
pH value
5 - 8
Temperature tolerance
12 - 34°C
Carbonate hardness
0 - 21°dKH
General hardness
0 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Splitting, cutting off daughter plants
Can grow emersed?
yes
Source
Flowgrow

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Sergio C.
very good conditions and quality
15th January 2018
Taxiphyllum barbieri "Java moss" - 1-2-GROW!
Taxiphyllum barbieri "Java moss" - 1-2-GROW!

The plant arrived in very good conditions and it is steadily constantly growing

Totally worth, I am very happy with it!

ANTONIO C.
Very generous portions, excellent quality!
17th February 2015
Taxiphyllum barbieri "Javamoos" - in Vitro XL
Taxiphyllum barbieri "Javamoos" - in Vitro XL

Very generous portions, excellent quality! Fast shipping.

Of course, I'll buy this moss.

The atecnion service is very attentive and fast. thank you very much

Moses
Great deal!
5th November 2020
Taxiphyllum barbieri "Javamoos" - in Vitro XL
Taxiphyllum barbieri "Javamoos" - in Vitro XL

I took advantage of the 3 or plus 22% discount and ordered three! The moss arrived in healthy conditions and generous XL in Vitro cups. Next day delivery to Italy. (read more)

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