Java Moss (Taxiphyllum barbieri) – Species Profile

Java Moss by Buchling

Java Moss (Taxiphyllum barbieri or Vesicularia dubyana) is a popular and adaptable aquarium plant. It has miniscule leaves lined up along spindly stems that grow in all directions. Like all mosses, it does not have true roots. It uses rhizoids to attach itself to hard surfaces like wood or rock. It grows primarily above the water line where humidity is high; however, it is able to adapt to being completely submerged in water, and it can also grow free floating.

Care Level: Easy
Preferred Water: pH 5.5 to 8.0, Soft to Hard
Minimum Lighting: Low
Temperature: 64°F to 86°F (17.78°C to 30°C)
Leaf Size: Length, 1 mm or less Continue reading “Java Moss (Taxiphyllum barbieri) – Species Profile”

Fingernail Clam – Species Profile

Fingernail Clam

The Fingernail Clam (aka Pea Clam, Nut Clam, Pill Clam) is a generic name for many species of small freshwater bivalves of the family Sphaeriidae. In the US, there are 38 species of these clams. All are very small in size, when compared to other types of freshwater clams, and unlike those other species, they do not have a parasitic stage in their life cycle. This makes them a fish-friendly option for hobby aquarists. Continue reading “Fingernail Clam – Species Profile”