Vesicularia sp. "Anchor Moss"

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Epiphyte (growing on hardscape), Nano tanks
Difficulty: medium
Growth: slow
See also: Vesicularia sp. "Mini Christmas Moss"
Habit, plant type:

  • epiphyte or epilith
  • moss / liverwort or fern prothallium
Major group (unranked): Mosses (Bryophyta)
Order: Hypnales
Family: Hypnaceae
Genus: Vesicularia


"Anchor moss" is still not exactly identified, but it can be said that it is a species of the genus Vesicularia. It was brought onto the market in around 2006 (or earlier) by Bioplast company in Singapore.

"Anchor moss" has dense broad ramifying stems, whose lateral shoots grow in an almost exact right angle. Its colour is a far lighter shade of green than that of almost all other aquarium mosses. When attached to driftwood or rocks it forms nice compact cushions, whose shoots remain interlinked.
As there are no detailed descriptions available, "anchor moss" is difficult to discern from similar, hitherto unidentified Vesicularia forms in the hobby.

To be continued...

Light low to high 
Temperature tolerance 15 to 30 °C
Carbonate hardness 0 to 14 °dKH
pH value 5 to 7 
Carbon dioxide (CO2) 20 to 40 mg/l
Nitrate (NO3-) 10 to 50 mg/l
Phosphate (PO43-) 0.1 to 3 mg/l
Potassium (K+) 5 to 30 mg/l
Iron (Fe) 0.01 to 0.5 mg/l

Growth: slow

Propagation: Splitting, cutting off daughter plants

Can grow emersed?: yes

Suited for outdoor cultivation / ponds: unknown

Winter hardiness: unknown

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