NANFA-- Fontinalis antipyretica - Attaching to subtrate?

John B (
Sat, 27 Mar 2004 19:45:50 -0600

I recently bagged a handful of Fontinalis antipyretica variously or
incorrectly identified as Willow Moss, and brought it home. I
don't believe it will attach itself to rocks and wood like Java Moss
does. Java Moss has tiny little "leaflets" that clasp onto the rough
surfaces of the rock or wood. I don't see this as happening with
Fontinalis antipyretica. The bunch I have has a fairly large holdfast
(rhyzoid) that was attached to the rocks I found it on in the stream.
Does anyone have any "successful" experience with this moss? I'm
currently doing a little CO2 injection and the moss is doing OK but I
would like to tame it a bit and attach it to a rock or the driftwood.
BTW the pirate perch, Madtom and juvie chubsuckers really enjoy working
this stuff over.

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