Monday, August 7, 2017

Growing Land Moss in Aquarium

There are many types of moss growing on streets and in parks of New York.

Here is an example of Bryum moss (please correct me if I am wrong).
I am taking samples.
Moss doesn't have roots.
Check out my other videos about growing land plants underwater.

Important! Wash moss until it is clean under running water.

Soak moss in water for a day or a week.
This moss absorbs a huge amount of water and yields an unbelievable amount of oxygen!

Here is a closeup view.

April 25th, 2017
I am setting up a new nursery aquarium for this example.
Use scissors to cut a semicircular strip of moss.

Cover the bottom of an aquarium with gravel.

Place strips of moss along the walls of the aquarium.
Push moss down into the gravel.

I made it look like a ring from the bird's eye-view.

Add more gravel in the center, filling up the middle space.

The moss strips are held down by the walls and by the gravel on the inner side of the ring.

Add dechlorinated water.
The moss stays in place!
We have made the nursery.
Let the moss stay and grow in it.

May 14th, 2017
I planted a water lily in the middle and added little critters and snails.

June 13th, 2017
The moss grew noticeably in the first month!

July 19th, 2017
I added newborn guppies to the aquarium.

This moss grows underwater up to the surface at an incredible rate, creating a green wall.

It looks like a fence.

This is another example of this moss in a different nursery.
This moss likes direct sunlight.
And so do little critters!

You can see oxygen bubbles.
Be mindful of direct sunlight rapidly overheating aquariums and making it dangerous for fish!
I use only indirect sunlight for all aquariums containing fish.

July 31st, 2017
My guppies love this moss.

It looks nice and grows fast, benefiting aquariums in many ways.

And it grows everywhere!
I want to see if it grows underwater all year around ;)

Have fun and happy plants :) 


  1. I am Leopold and I find your YouTube vids and blog very interesting. I do have aquariums for the pass 3 years with different tropical fishes.
    Now it becomes interesting lol. It's hard to get moss or verbs here that are in water and I have to order and does cost me to do that. I was looking for solutions as all hobbiest in this field. It's kinda expensive in the aquarium hobby so we do find ways that we can save. I had this idea on what you are doing and was doing some research but no solution till I found tour videos on YouTube and immediately start looking for land moss. I had found one not sure what's it call but I saw the same on your vids. Today is the day I started my project and have it in RO water in a 16 ounce plastic cup clear and following your steps.
    Will let you know my progress on this.
    Thank you so much and will continue to fine different mosses and fern to try as well.
    Thank you

    1. I have couple more posts about growing land mosses and land plants underwater (and more to come ;) Here is a link to my YouTube playlist:
      You will find links to blog posts in description for each video.
      All the best!