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Sorry if this topic has been thoroughly discussed.

What mosses are currently being used in the hobby?
I have the typical mosses used in fish aquariums- Java Taxiphyllum barbieri, weeping, xmas, etc.
I have looked into getting some mosses/bryophytes from Thailand. Just waiting to hear back from the supplier.

What's out there guys? What are you using in your vivs?
 

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I suggest looking into the mosses offered by Manuran and Blue Pumilio here. Top quality tropical terrestrial mosses!!!
Thanks I will. I have been on the search for rare-ish mosses.
I'm trying to put together a trip to Costa Rica with a friend of mine who is also a biologist. We want to get collecting and export permits and look for some new plants and mosses.
The only catch is that we need to put together a conservation project in order to take specimens from Costa Rica. My friend works for the state of Florida as an invasive plant species specialist. Although his true specialty is herps.
So still trying to put together something positive that gives back to Costa Rica's beautiful environment.
It can't be just about getting new plants for my vivs! :)

Still wondering what people have in their tanks. Anyone got some cool moss photos? Maybe some good epiphytic moss?
 

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I'm trying to source some Fissidens nobilis and Plagiochilaceae sp. Cameroon. They look pretty neat and they are in the aquarium hobby but not so much in the states yet. If your able to get a hold of some let me know!

Fissidens nobilis is very large compared to the ubiquitous Fissidens fontanus

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I'm hoping it would look something like this if grown emersed:
 

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I've had good luck with the black jungle tropical moss. Needs good light and decent water hitting it during the day. But it does well for me and looks awesome. Only downside - not cheap. And doesn't spread that fast (hence the high price I assume...)
 

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Fantastic mosses guys! That Fissidens and Umbrella moss look awesome. I have been hesitant to buy the live moss from BlackJungle. Seems to get mixed reviews and BlackJungle like many other vendors fail to give a scientific name or native location for the moss. Which is important if you are looking for true tropical mosses.

I have been using EpiWeb Moss mix for a month now, seems like it's mostly live sphagnum. Hoping it grows some other mosses over time. Says they htrow in peperomias and other plant seeds as well, but I haven't seen anything growing other than the sphagnum.

Keep the pics coming! Let see everyone's mosses.
 

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I have been using EpiWeb Moss mix for a month now, seems like it's mostly live sphagnum. Hoping it grows some other mosses over time. Says they htrow in peperomias and other plant seeds as well, but I haven't seen anything growing other than the sphagnum.
I have some different types of mosses growing. Interestingly i get the most varied growth out of my mix on tree fern panels. On my tree fern panels with epiweb moss mix, i have fern, some sphagnum, and a couple different types of mosses growing. From my mix on cork, I just have sphagnum growing. (I have never used the moss mix on epiweb or hygrolon, so I can't speak to those)

Also, neherp has some pretty decent terrarium moss as well. It grows a bit more upwards in my experience.
 

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Floating Moss

Oops originally posted this on wrong thread.
Well this isn't some rare exotic tropic moss but I think it's pretty cool.
I found it growing here in New England (VT) but it definitely doesn't go dormant (does any moss?) and it definitely is more floating than any moss I've ever seen.


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Re: Floating Moss

Oops originally posted this on wrong thread.
Well this isn't some rare exotic tropic moss but I think it's pretty cool.
I found it growing here in New England (VT) but it definitely doesn't go dormant (does any moss?) and it definitely is more floating than any moss I've ever seen.


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That's really cool. I have tried to grow mosses that are native here in michigan. They usually do good for about 1-2 months then begin to brown out and die. I think my tanks are just too warm for them. Plus humid stagnant air. I use distilled water and no ferts, so I know it isn't that.

It's awesome that you found some that does well. You could probably grow and sell it!
 

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The umbrella moss is pretty cool. I think I read previously that some member in australia or new zealand had some. I don't think its made its way to the US though







I think, though, that any new relatively mosses that you'd find being used in the hobby would be in the classifieds. Or maybe try ebay?
Not necessarily looking to buy right now. It's just too dang cold outside. I am really interested in epiphytic bryophytes- Tropical mosses that grow on tree branches. I have been talking with someone from Thailand who is currently trying to get me some. However, I still must wait until spring to purchase it.

I love all mosses though. I have been fascinated with mosses and ferns for as long as I can remember.

Years and years ago before the internet was so popular a friend of mine and myself tried to build a 50gallon long terrarium. We built a drainage layer from gravel and sand, had a small water section with a waterfall, and collected native plants, mosses, and wood. We weren't very educated in the subject and ultimately failed. Mostly due to the fact we used tap water, and had only a small desk lamp lighting the entire thing. Not to mention it was some generic light bulb labeled a "grow bulb". All the plant's slowly died, and eventually it was a tank filled with mush/mud.

Fast forward to the present and I am growing orchids, ferns, and mosses quite successfully! Due in no small part to the great knowledgeable people on the dendroboard forum!

Keep those photos coming! What's in your tank?
 

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I good option is to buy so orchids from andy's and most of them have a low growing tropical moss on them! Just spread it around and ur good, it's a twofer when you buy from there in my opinion.
 

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I good option is to buy so orchids from andy's and most of them have a low growing tropical moss on them! Just spread it around and ur good, it's a twofer when you buy from there in my opinion.
That's a great idea! I also got on the mailing list for Rareferns.com. Hoping I can get some cool ferns from Charles, and maybe some tropical mosses as well.
 

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Not a great shot, but here's an example shot showing a few of the mosses I field collected in a swamp in the woods behind my in-law's place in Western PA 4 years ago or so.



A number of the species have spread very well and I have them in maybe half of my terrariums. They seem to do great in high humidity and moderately bright light. They do even better if you hit them with consistent misting. I've never put any of it through a dormancy period, but I would definitely agree that most temperate species won't last or spread in a tropical terrarium.

The one at the top (background) is my favorite of all the moss species I've ever worked with. Under the right conditions it grows in little whirled pattern that looks like something from a Dr. Seuss illustration.
 

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That Fissidens nobilis looks amazing but I'd assume it's really a temperate moss like F. fontanus. I've never gotten fontanus to grow well in my tropical aquaria regardless of high or low tech setup yet it grows like a weed in my low tech coldwater aquarium.


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Not a great shot, but here's an example shot showing a few of the mosses I field collected in a swamp in the woods behind my in-law's place in Western PA 4 years ago or so.



A number of the species have spread very well and I have them in maybe half of my terrariums. They seem to do great in high humidity and moderately bright light. They do even better if you hit them with consistent misting. I've never put any of it through a dormancy period, but I would definitely agree that most temperate species won't last or spread in a tropical terrarium.

The one at the top (background) is my favorite of all the moss species I've ever worked with. Under the right conditions it grows in little whirled pattern that looks like something from a Dr. Seuss illustration.
Just a heads up, you don't want to be feeding flies on the moss. The vitamin powder will eventually kill the moss.
 

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The umbrella moss is pretty cool. I think I read previously that some member in australia or new zealand had some. I don't think its made its way to the US though





These look to me like mosses in the Genus Hypnodendron. I recently got a species of this from a vendor from Malaysia. It is just getting established.
 
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