Green Hydra (Chlorohydra viridissima) – Species Profile

Freshwater Hydra (Hydra viridissima)

Chlorohydra viridissima (aka Green Hydra, or just Hydra) are a species of freshwater cnidarian, common to waterways all over the world. They have an interesting green color, which comes from their symbiotic relationship with green algae. Hydra are fascinating little creatures, but can be the bane of fish breeders everywhere, because of their stinging tendrils. Perhaps the most unbelievable trait attached to these creatures is that some believe they are potentially immortal.

Care Level: “Where did these come from? ” Easy
Preferred Water: Wide range of pH and water hardness
Ideal Temperature: Temperate to Tropical
Maximum Size : 30 mm
Average Lifespan: 8 years to Forever!

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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)
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