Flame Moss


1 golfball size portion (about 3 oz volume)


Flame Moss (Taxiphyllum sp. 'Flame') is a popular aquarium moss known for its unique growth pattern that resembles flames. Here are care requirements for Flame Moss in aquariums:

**1. Lighting:**
- Moderate to high lighting is suitable for Flame Moss. It can tolerate lower light levels, but higher intensity lighting often encourages more compact growth and vivid colors.

**2. Substrate:**
- While Flame Moss can be attached to various surfaces, it doesn't require a nutrient-rich substrate. It can be tied to rocks, driftwood, or other decorations using fishing line or thread.

**3. Water Parameters:**
- pH: 5.5-7.5
- Temperature: 68-82°F (20-28°C)
- Hardness: Soft to moderately hard water is acceptable.

**4. CO2 Injection:**
- Flame Moss can thrive in aquariums without CO2 supplementation, but providing a source of CO2 can enhance growth.

**5. Fertilization:**
- Regularly dose a balanced liquid fertilizer or use root tabs to provide essential nutrients. Mosses, including Flame Moss, are generally undemanding but benefit from nutrient supplementation.

**6. Water Flow:**
- Gentle water flow is suitable. Avoid strong currents that might uproot the moss.

**7. Pruning:**
- Trim the moss periodically to maintain its desired shape. You can use scissors to trim any excess growth.

**8. Placement:**
- Attach Flame Moss to hardscape elements like rocks or driftwood. Its unique flame-like appearance makes it an attractive addition to the foreground or midground of aquariums.

**9. Algae Control:**
- Flame Moss is relatively resistant to algae, but maintaining good aquarium hygiene helps prevent unwanted algae growth. Ensure stable water conditions and avoid overfeeding.

**10. Tank Mates:**
- Flame Moss is compatible with various aquarium inhabitants, including small fish and shrimp. It provides hiding places for fry and small aquatic creatures.

**11. Propagation:**
- Flame Moss propagates by branching and forming new shoots. You can trim sections and reattach them to create more moss coverage in the aquarium.

**12. Monitoring:**
- Regularly check for any signs of algae, pests, or detritus accumulation. Keeping the moss clean and healthy contributes to its overall well-being.

By following these care guidelines, you can maintain a vibrant and visually appealing Flame Moss in your aquarium. Adjust care based on the specific conditions of your tank and the preferences of the other inhabitants.