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Riccardia species are delicate, dark to medium green liverworts, clinging to wood or rock with their rhizoids, where they form compact cushions or lawn-like populations. They are called “Coral moss” or “Mini Pellia” in the aquarium hobby due to their dense ramification.
“Coral moss” is not very demanding, however it looks best with at least medium lighting and good CO2 and nutrient supply. Good lighting promotes compact cushions with densely ramified branches. Riccardia can be glued, tied or simply stuffed into the cracks and gaps of the hardscape. When the cushions have grown very big, they will detach from the substrate sooner or later. Therefore timely trimming is recommendable.
Riccardia sp. “chamedryfolia” can be variously used in the aquascaping for greening of wood and rock. With its filigree structure and slow growth, it is also an ideal choice for nano tanks.
- Forms compact yet delicate cushions
- Attaches itself to the hardscape
- Very popular in aquascaping
|Usage||Epiphyte (growing on hardscape), Nano tanks|
|pH value||5 – 7|
|Temperature tolerance||18 – 28°C|
|Carbonate hardness||0 – 14°dKH|
|General hardness||0 – 30°dGH|
|Propagation||Splitting, cutting off daughter plants|
|Can grow emersed?||yes|
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