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    moss identity

    My best friend who lives in south GA has had this wild moss for decades. It's from her swamp and she's had it on the surface of her fish tank ever since she first brought it indoors. She thought it was sphagnum, but I thought sphagnum was more branched, or maybe it's because it's growing in water and not on peat? Does anyone know what moss it is?

    Also, sphagnum doesn't tolerate fish waste in an enclosed environment does it, RO/distilled water? Maybe I'm wrong?
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    Maybe water moss (Fontinalis)?
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    Send a sample, and I'll do my dangedest to ID it!
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    Thanks. I'll send a little piece when I get some.

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    It's really floating, isn't it?
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    Yup, for real. She said it makes a floating mat about 4" thick and multiplies so fast that she has to thin it out every yr and just throws it out in the yard. I said, next time, thin it my way. LOL She said that it moves like a peat swamp if you press on it with your fingers. It grows taller and less carpet-like if it grows out of the water on a piece of wood or damp soil. Seems like it may work for growing cp's that prefer live medium? Maybe an easier alternative to live sphagnum?

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    I guess it could be some very fine species of Sphagnum, but I suspect it's really from some other genus. It's hard to tell - can you get a macro shot of it by chance?
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    I can when I get some of it. Right now, it's 700 mi away. I'll post more pics when my portion arrives.

    As kind of a related side note; does anyone know if D. capensis would tolerate growing on/in such a floating mat in a tank with guppies, or would the fish waste and degree of moisture be too much for it? The mat floating ratio is 1/2" above water, 3 1/2" below.

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