Christmas Moss / 'Vesicularia Montagnei' Portion


Christmas Moss / 'Vesicularia Montagnei' Portion

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Plant Description:

Christmas Moss 'Vesicularia montagnei' is part of the Hypnaceae family of aquatic mosses. They are native to shaded waterways throughout tropical areas in Asia. Due to its unique habitat in the wild, this plant can be grown successfully submerged in the aquarium, or emerged in a high humidity terrarium, paludarium, or vivarium. 

Christmas Moss grows horizontally rather than vertically. This variety is adored because of its resemblance to conifer trees and branches, thus giving it its namesake. This moss tends to be used as a carpeting plant or attached to the back wall of the enclosure to create a moss wall. Aquatic moss also works well when attached rock or wood to soften up hardscape.

In the aquarium, 'Vesicularia montagnei' is also referred to as Xmas Moss, or Brazilian Willow Moss; it is a relatively easy to care for plant that requires low to medium light and minimal fertilization or CO2 supplementation. Moss is ideal for small aquariums, nano aquariums, shrimp tanks, terrariums, and paludariums.

Although this plant may be a slow grower in the aquarium, with enough time and care it will begin to flourish and spread.

Plant Specifications:





Light Requirements:

Low to Medium


Attached to Rock or Driftwood, or Free Floating


8 - 10cm tall

Nutrient Requirements:

Low Nutrient and Low CO2 Supplementation Recommended

Preferred Water Chemistry:

pH 6-8




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