|The moss does not look like sphagnum to me, it looks like a carpet moss and this can choke the plant. Be wary. *The seed pods are those of U. subulata, and this is indeed a weed that can spread throughout your collection.[/QUOTE]|
I compared the moss to sphagnum which is just starting to grow out of the peat in another tank of mine. I hope the following analogy makes sense, but the young sphagnum tips look like little pine trees where as the moss on the Ceph looks like astro turf.
Tamlin do you think I can safely remove the moss with out hurting the Ceph? Its my first one and I am kind of nervous to be poking around it.
You can try to revove it, but I can tell you from experience it WILL return unless you go bare root, and even then.....? I would just use a tool to pry it away from around the plant. Ceph roots are very brittle, so don't go too deep, just "hoe" around the base near the surface and scrape it away. Repeat as needed when it returns. This is a very frustrating type of moss!