View Full Version : mystery mosses!

12-19-2010, 10:25 PM
We have a couple of mosses growing on our driftwood that I cannot identify (please forgive the algae!):


Don't you think the moss on the tip looks different from the regular Java moss growing further down and on the rocks? Maybe it's weeping moss?


this one, I just have no idea. I love it though! It's quite feathery, and doesn't seem to branch at all. Here it is from the top (you can also see one little strand of Java moss mixed in):


Anyone recognize this? I knew there were little bits of seemingly-dead moss on the wood when I got it, but it never occurred to me it would be anything other than Java moss.

12-22-2010, 08:02 PM
There is an ebay store called Aquatic Magic...they sell a lot of moss.

I have yet to order from them but you might be able to find what you have and ID it. :)

I REALLY like the one in the 2nd pic. :cool:

12-22-2010, 10:23 PM
The top one looks like it could be Taiwan, Peacock, or Christmas moss. On the other one, there isn't quite enough detail to hazard a guess.

Try comparing them with the photos on www.aquamoss.net -- they have pictures/discriptions of a lot of moss species.

12-23-2010, 12:50 PM
Don't know what it is, but the last one is cool.

12-23-2010, 11:07 PM
They certainly are strange looking mosses and are really beautiful! Ive sent them to my friend who is a botanist and I am sure hell be able to identify them for you! I recognized the Java moss too and I am waiting to hear what the other two are they have really aroused my curiosity too!!
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Holy Samosa
01-03-2011, 11:45 AM
The bottom photos look like Fissidens sp.

As for Taxiphylum species (Java, Taiwan and friends), they can be incredibly difficult to identify. The 'leaves' of most look incredibly similar and the branching can be highly variable depending on tank conditions and the price of tea in China. And heaven help you if you actually do get a strand or two of Java mixed in at some point....

01-11-2011, 11:22 AM
The last 2 pictures look like fissidens fontanus or some sort of fissidens. Moss is definitely fun to have but can quickly be a nuisance. That said I have some in all of my tanks.

Chris Noto
01-11-2011, 03:51 PM
Some quick googling confirms Jeremy Samosa's note on the difficulty of keying mosses:

Even if you've mastered identifying other kinds of plants, once you begin studying the mosses' incredibly variable microscopic details, you'll be confronted with forms, shapes, and concepts unlike anything you've run into before. For example, right now I glance into my moss identification-key and the first sentence I see reads, "Capsule raised on a pseudopodium, spherical, black, shedding lid explosively." LOL!

That said, though, the moss in the last two pics sure seems to have the growth pattern of Christmas Moss.

01-11-2011, 05:15 PM
Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I think Fissidens something is definitely on the right track for that second one... moss taxonomy is so hard! I got the wood from Phil (remember Phil?), and I emailed him but haven't heard back. If he knows for sure what was on the wood before we got it, I'll let everyone know.

Holy Samosa
02-08-2011, 12:26 AM
Ah!!! I once asked Phil if he kept any mosses and he mentioned he had been given some unique mosses from Asia but they had died on him. I guess a few strands survived!

I've got a little Fissidens Fontanus I can spare if you want to grow it out for comparison...

02-13-2011, 03:19 PM
Hey all,

I have no idea what the mosses are, sorry. All the little labels were tossed during the move. Hope all's well in Atlanta.


02-13-2011, 10:56 PM
Aw, I was sure you'd have the answers, Phil! Thanks for checking in though - we miss you over here!

02-14-2011, 08:45 AM
I think it looks like the moss in this tank: http://showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org/2010.cgi?&op=showcase&category=0&vol=0&id=112

02-14-2011, 11:44 AM
hmm... I may need to do a tank like that...

02-15-2011, 10:40 AM
Ok I have to say that looked really cool... until I the finger shot where I realized I would need a magnifying glass to see anything.