Weeping Moss (Vesicularia ferriei Weeping)
Crying moss was imported from China. Recently, the plant has become popular among aquarium enthusiasts, even despite some features in the cultivation. The main distinguishing characteristic is that this type of moss grows down. It got its name due to the fact that the bright green strands of moss hang down and seem to “cry”, as well as “weeping willow”, not all aquarium plants can boast of such external data.
Thanks to this unusual appearance, he became so popular. The location of the branches is influenced by the conditions of detention, they can be either raised to the top or lowered to the bottom and even located in a horizontal position. It looks especially great on all kinds of aquarium decorations, snags. With this moss, you can create trees. Very often, crying moss is used to create a "rainforest" in the aquarium. This is a very delicate and slow-growing plant, which requires a careful and accurate attitude.
Maintenance and care
Planting moss is necessary in those places that I want to emphasize or highlight. For example, you can attach it with a fishing line to a stone or a snag, after which the moss will grow and create an excellent picture, becoming the best plant in the aquarium. Also, this variety is great for nano-aquariums and not too deep. In addition, the aquarium inhabitants also love crying moss, they can take refuge in shady thickets from other inhabitants, especially if they are small fish and shrimps.
Before buying such an aquarium plant, it is better to familiarize yourself with the conditions for its maintenance in advance. On the one hand, it may seem that growing it is quite simple, but some features still exist. When transplanting to a new place, for some time (2-3 weeks) the moss will not grow and only after it has acclimated to new conditions it begins to grow. Subject to conditions comfortable for him, the crying moss will actively grow and delight the beauty of its owners.
The optimum temperature for crying moss is from 20 to 260C. The acidity of water is from 6 to 7.7 pH with hardness from 3 to 19 dH. It is worth remembering that at too high a temperature of more than 270With this aquarium plant begins to turn yellow, and if the temperature is not lowered, the moss will die at all. Also in the aquarium where this plant will grow, good filtration is necessary. If there is a lot of silt in the water that begins to settle on the leaves of moss and pollute them, then very soon it will disappear. Additionally, you can make a supply of CO2 and periodically apply microfertilizers in liquid form. But this is not a prerequisite, it does not affect the appearance, but growth will slow down significantly. In addition, you need to take care of the lighting, it should be bright enough from 0.5 to 0.7 watts per 1 liter. At the same time, daylight hours must be maintained for at least 8 hours, and preferably all 10.
Weeping moss tolerates a haircut, it is even a necessity for him. Due to this, the appearance can be formed, and besides, the lower branches of the moss darken and disappear and therefore need to be trimmed.
Thanks to the crying moss in the aquarium, you can create a unique design, hanging down branches will not leave anyone indifferent. But you need to take into account that the roots of the moss are underdeveloped, so it is difficult for him to fix himself to the surface on his own, this will require additional fastening with a thread or fishing line. To achieve an excellent look, you will need to be patient and wait until the moss has taken root and begins to grow. Great for growing in the background of an aquarium.