Flame Moss (Taxiphyllum sp. ‘Flame’)
Flame Moss got its name from its growth form. It grows straight up and while it grows, the fronds twist and start to look like a campfire. The very special straight-up growth of flame moss makes it suitable for horizontal uses and scape. It grows too slow and little horizontally. It can be attached to driftwoods, roots, and rocks by using thin threads.
Flame moss grows slowly under low light and low CO2 levels. This makes it very suitable for low-tech tanks and scapes. Also, in high-tech tanks flame moss grows and does well. In high-tech tanks, it grows extremely fast and will consume too many minerals and elements which will also help to inhibit algae growth as an additional benefit. But this benefit comes with a disadvantage. Flame moss consumes nutrients too fast and this will impact other fast-growing plant’s growth and cause deficiency symptoms. To prevent deficiencies daily dosing is suggested in high-tech tanks having heavy moss loads.
Like other moss species, flame moss is also a good choice for shrimps and fish fry to feast on and hide inside. All moss plants host microorganisms that are valuable and essential for the shrimps and tiny fish fry. Especially, the shrimps will feed on those microorganisms in their whole lifetime.
Egg scattering fish such as tetras, Characiforms, barbs, killifish species will use this moss for laying eggs. Also, corydoras species use moss plants for laying eggs. Flame moss is a natural spawning mop for egg-laying fish. It is easy to remove with the eggs attached to it to a separate nursery tank. After the eggs hatched, moss plants will serve as shelter and food sources for the fry.separate nursery tank.