Need an id of These mosses.

Discussion in 'Plant Help' started by mr. luke, 25 Feb 2010.

  1. mr. luke

    mr. luke Member

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    I was sold this moss as weeping moss, now I suspect erect or tiwain moss?
    If anyone thinks they could id it from a sample im prepared to do that (lookng at you here A1 matt :lol:)

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    I also have this one.
    Its uk native and its mainly here for comparison purposes but any help would be great.

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  2. mr. luke

    mr. luke Member

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    Ps, the uk native can be kept healthy submerged but its meen growing in a container of water in my bedroom (fairly dark light) without waterchanges for a couple of months.
     
  3. daniel19831123

    daniel19831123 Member

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    It's very difficult to assessed moss by just using one strand of moss. The gold standard is to use a microscope and identify the microscopic structure of it's leaves but unfortunately it's unavailable to most of the hobbyiest and frankly most people wouldn't know what to look for under the microscope anyway.

    Growing the moss in it's submerged form will give you a more specific data as to what moss they are although it's still quite hard to tell between taiwan moss, spiky moss, christmas moss and peacock moss. Weeping moss though have a triangular fond, they do "weep" and it's quite obvious when you grow them well.
     
  4. a1Matt

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    Hi Luke :wave: sorry mate I can not tell. If it was a big patch of it I could maybe make an educated guess. Like Daniel says, for a real ID a microscope and a fair bit of specialist knowledge is needed :(
     
  5. mr. luke

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    Ill take a pic of it when it grows in again.
    I just hacked a load off for a viv :)
     
  6. dw1305

    dw1305 Expert

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    Hi all,
    You really need a microscope and a capsule to be sure, but the native moss looks like it might "Calliergon cuspidatum".
    I think the other moss might be a Vesicularia species rather than a Taxiphyllum species. The easy way to tel is that the l "leaves" and "shoots" are much stiffer in the Vesicularia species than in the Taxiphyllum.

    I've found these really difficult, I've got the microscope (and a degree in Botany), and I still don't know which mosses I have, or even whether some that look different (in different tanks) really are different species.

    cheers Darrel
     
  7. aquaticmaniac

    aquaticmaniac Member

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    I'll gladly take some pics under my microscope for you. I could post them here and see if that helps people ID them? I'm working on our boat at the moment, so I won't be back for a few days. The pics won't be perfect, but they should help, if it's possible to ID them.
     

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