I recently went to a lake/reservoir/dam. Obviously tons of minerals in it. Tons of streams feed into it and the water is muddy in some areas even. There are lily pads growing all along the edges, lots of grasses on the banks at one part. However, there were no CPs at all. I went all the way around the lake which took over two hours to hike, probably more than 2 miles with all the switchbacks. There's lots of wildlife in the area too. You can kinda get a very slight idea of the place in this video I made...
Literally every area where water met land was covered in Sphagnum moss. Some places more than others, but most of the banks were thick with Sphagnum. I identified at least three similar but obviously different species (growing conditions were taken into account, I'm certain the three species I looked at were different) and there were probably more as well.
Maybe I just assumed this incorrectly, but isn't Sphagnum supposed to be a low-mineral moss? Another thing I noticed is that the soil it is growing in is very grainy/sandy dirt. It is light mocha color to describe it the best, mainly because of the sand it was growing in. The sand in it was very fine so there were no apparent grains, but it felt very sandy and sunk in water.
I know some species get mineral burn easily, but some that I own get that more than others and some never even have. Is it just the bog species that need a low mineral count in water? Can mountain species and species accustomed to other growing conditions (like in the video) take more minerals? I didn't see a single strand with blackened/browned/hardened tips -- it was all fluffy and green.
Anyone have thoughts on this?