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How to get triangular Christmas moss shape.

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by hn5624, Nov 21, 2017.

  1. hn5624

    hn5624 New Member

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    So far, after two months of tech tech high co2 low temp(72 f), most I've gotten is singular strands with some branching. It originally had that triangular shape when i first got it, so even if its not actually christmas moss, i know it has the ability to at least look like it.

    currently it looks like this
    https://aquaticmag.com/aquarium-plants/christmas-moss-caresheet/

    Do you have to wait for the moss to grow out to at least 3 inches in length before the triangular shape develops? if so, does this mean that any trimming would disrupt the formation of the triangular shape, kinda like hitting the restart button on the process.

    I have some mini-christmas moss growing as well, it seems develop that nice triangular pattern even when grown emersed, in my current tank it doesn't seem to be having much fun in my tank tho, growth is very slow for a high tech tank, but i can see that triangular shape forming even in new nodes.

    EDIT:
    I just discovered i actually had java moss, my god was i extremely disappointed. I compared the strands to pictures of java moss and christmas moss online, and it definately looks identical to javamoss.

    Guess after having multiple types of mosses for a couple of years I somehow mixed them up..
     
    #1 hn5624, Nov 21, 2017
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    I found that the moss is more likely to develop this growth habit when
    1. It manages to attach itself
    2. Nutrient levels in water are consistently good
    3. There is space to grow into / without overshadowing.

    You can easily see it as soon as 1 inch on new branches. Of course trimming the branches destroys it. You will have to wait for new growth to form. I guess it is therefore better to be aggressive with trimming and allow growth towards the final photo.

    Regards
    Allwissend
     
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