Christmas moss is one of the most common aquarium plants. In natural conditions it is found in rivers with clean water and a fast current. In the waters of India, you can often find Christmas moss. In addition, it grows in Japan, China, Southeast Asia.
Christmas moss is considered one of the most popular moss for the aquarium. The plant reaches a height of 3 cm, while outwardly resembles a small Christmas tree, therefore, it has such a talking name. On the main stem are rounded sheets with a pointed tip. Streaks are located on leaf plates. Leaflets of different lengths, which is very similar to a Christmas tree. If the branches outgrow, they bend under their own weight and resemble the branches of a weeping willow. The plant looks like Javanese moss.
How does it breed?
Christmas moss reproduces easily. It is necessary to gently pinch off the shoot, cut into small cuttings, fix in a new place. A new plant will begin to grow quickly enough. The following rule is recommended. After cutting the shoots, for propagation or just for cutting, it is necessary to extract the branches of moss from the aquarium. It is better if at the same time the soil and water will be replaced. This is due to the fact that any fragment that accidentally remains may begin to sprout in a place where it was not compositionally planned.
Placement in the aquarium
The plant is available for breeding for beginners. Christmas moss gives a lot of room for the imagination of the decorator. It can become a link to create the integrity of the composition. In addition, it is able to take root on any surface. Most often it is placed on stones and snags. To do this, you can bind it with a cotton thread, the plant take root, and the thread decompose.
A transparent fishing line or synthetic thread is suitable for this purpose.
The plant must be trimmed regularly. If this is not done, then the upper leaves will create a shadow, the lower part will rot. As a result, the entire plant may float. You can trim the upper leaves or only those branches that will interfere or spoil the appearance.
For Christmas moss, the purity of the water and the aquarium as a whole is very important, in the natural environment it settles only in bodies of water with clean water. The plant does not tolerate standing, muddy water. It is better if the aquarium is equipped with a compressor and a filter. Thus, a simulation of the flow will be created.
In addition, measures must be taken to maintain the cleanliness of the Christmas moss. Organic matter from the inhabitants accumulates in aquariums. Under such conditions, filamentous algae and all possible microorganisms appear. All this settles on the moss. If you do not take action, Christmas moss will degrade and lose their decorative properties. Therefore, it is necessary to clean the aquarium, not forgetting about the soil.
Dwarf shrimp will help to cope with this problem perfectly, which will cleanse moss of organics. And in its green thicket shrimp will be able to hide.
When choosing the inhabitants of the aquarium, it is necessary to consider that Siamese algae eaters for Christmas moss are bad neighbors. They just eat the plant.
Christmas moss feels comfortable at an ambient temperature of 18-260FROM.
Lighting, recommended balanced 0.5-1.0 watts per liter. If the plant receives more light, the growth of filamentous algae will begin, which will negatively affect the appearance of the plant.