Millimeter (Barbula sp. Millimeter moss) water moss
Millimeter (Barbula sp. Millimeter moss) is a rather rare species of mosses that have not yet been identified, which is suitable for growing in aquarium conditions, for creating carpet or “pillows”. The millimeter is quite demanding in the care and breeding, so it is chosen only by experienced aquarists. The birthplace of this moss is Asia. In 2007, Professor Benito S. began working on his study, and he referred him to the barbula-style, or as they say “elk beard”. So they call the general group of mosses (about 200 varieties) including this one. In most cases, a millimeter is used to cover with a "pillow" various decorations, driftwood and stones in the aquarium. In nature, it can be found in a variety of places in cracks, on stones, trees, etc. depending on the water moss or "land".
Barbula Millimeter can grow up to 2 cm in length. Due to the branched shoots, water moss is a green and beautiful pillow. On the stem are many small, pointed leaves.
This kind of aquarium moss grows slowly, because of this feature it is grown in nano aquariums. In this regard, there are also difficulties with growing, since the barbula can grow with filamentous algae, which is very negatively reflected in the condition and growth, and if nothing is done, then the moss can die at all. Therefore, it is necessary to purchase algaecides that help fight such algae. For this, the product must be regularly introduced into the water of the aquarium.
Maintenance and care
The optimum temperature for comfortable growth and condition should be from 19 to 16 0C. Water hardness from 3 to 9 dH, and acidity from 5 to 6 pH. Also, in the aquarium where this moss grows, a filter must be present, this will help prevent the development of bacteria in its dense stems. In addition, you need to regularly add fresh water (at least 3-4 times a month). Millimeter moss does not tolerate too high temperatures, so if the water is above 26 0With, then the leaves will begin to blacken and soon the moss will die. If this has been noticed, it is worth taking action immediately and lowering the temperature to the optimum level. Periodically, it is necessary to clean the moss from dirt and sludge. For this, the decorations on which the moss grows must be removed from the aquarium and rinsed with warm water from the tap. Perfectly cleanse a millimeter from the pollution of shrimp, who like to spend time in a green carpet and eat various organic residues.
For a barbula, fairly intense lighting of at least 1 W per liter is required. The duration of daylight hours is from 10 to 12 hours a day. Any soil can be used, because moss has no roots and does not take nutrients from the soil, but only from water. Because of this, additional mineral fertilizers must be added.
After transplanting to a new place, for a while millimeter moss will get used to the new habitat. Usually this process takes 2-3 weeks, then slow development and growth begins.
Almost all varieties of aquarium mosses need a haircut. This gives them the right shape and makes them thicker.
When growing mosses, you need to remember that they do not like the neighborhood. If in one aquarium several varieties grow, they will begin to fight for free space and will squeeze out each other. Of course, each species grows and behaves differently, but nevertheless it is not recommended to mix them.
In order to fix the moss to the stone, driftwood, etc., you can use the fishing line, and after it is sufficiently fixed it can be removed.