Flame Moss | Taxiphyllum 'Flame'

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Get ready to turn your tank into a mesmerizing underwater bonfire with Flame Moss, the aquatic hero that's here to set your aquascape ablaze! This moss isn't just any moss; it's the secret ingredient for transforming any horizontal surface into a wild campfire, complete with its creeping upright growth that adds a touch of untamed beauty.

And here's the best part—Flame Moss is no high-maintenance drama queen. Caring for it is a breeze, making it the perfect choice for aquarists of all levels. It's not just about aesthetics; Flame Moss brings a vibrant green hue to your tank, elevating the visual appeal to a whole new level.

What's not to love about this aquatic spectacle? To keep your Flame Moss in its happiest state, don't forget to add a dash of CO2. It's the secret sauce that'll make your underwater bonfire dance with vitality and vigor.

Ready to ignite your tank with the fiery charm of Flame Moss? It's not just a moss; it's the key to an aquascape that'll leave everyone in awe.


  • Living flames: True to its name, Flame Moss boasts vibrant green shoots that twist and turn upwards, resembling tongues of fire dancing underwater. This unique growth pattern creates a sense of movement and visual interest.

  • Dense carpets: Over time, these shoots intertwine, forming lush, textured carpets that add depth and dimension to your aquascape. The dense foliage provides a stunning contrast against colorful fish and hardscapes.

  • Subtle details: Don't miss the intricate beauty! Up close, the leaves showcase delicate details like vein-like patterns and subtle color variations, adding another layer of charm to this captivating plant.

Adaptability and Care:

  • Easygoing friend: Beginners, rejoice! Flame Moss thrives in a wide range of water conditions, tolerating temperatures between 68-82°F (20-28°C), moderate to high lighting, and a slightly acidic to neutral pH range. This makes it a forgiving choice for anyone setting up an aquarium.

  • Moderate grower: Compared to some fast-growing aquatic plants, Flame Moss takes its time, allowing you to enjoy its gradual transformation. This slower growth can be advantageous for aquascapers who prefer a more controlled visual development.

  • Low maintenance: This undemanding plant doesn't require specialized fertilizers or CO2 injection. Occasional fertilization with root tabs or comprehensive plant nutrients can enhance its color and growth, but good overall water quality is key to its health.


  • Visual impact: The fiery appearance and textured foliage of Flame Moss make it a stunning focal point in any aquascape. It adds drama, depth, and a touch of the tropics to your underwater world.

  • Hiding haven: The dense growth provides excellent hiding places and security for fish fry, shrimp, and other small aquatic creatures. They'll feel safe and comfortable exploring its fiery maze.

  • Water purifier: This plant helps absorb excess nutrients from the water, preventing algae growth and maintaining good water quality for a healthy ecosystem.

  • Oxygen provider: Flame Moss contributes to oxygenation in the water column, further benefitting the health of your aquatic inhabitants.


Scientific Name: Taxiphyllum 'Flame'

Care Level: Easy

Lighting Requirement: Low-Med

Co2: Low

Growth Rate: Low

Origin: Asia

Tank Placement: Foreground-midground

Flame Moss Placement in Your Aquascape:

  • Foreground: Flame Moss excels in the foreground, creating a stunning visual transition between the substrate and taller plants. Its dense texture adds depth and detail, drawing the eye closer to the underwater scene.

  • Rocks and Driftwood: Attaching Flame Moss to rocks and driftwood creates vertical interest and natural-looking accents. The fiery shoots cascading down add movement and visual intrigue, mimicking moss growth in the wild.

  • Midground Accents: Strategically placed clumps of Flame Moss in the midground can break up the lines of taller plants and add pops of vibrant green. This creates a sense of depth and visual layering in your aquascape.

  • Floating Islands: Secure Flame Moss to small rocks or branches and let them float near the water surface. This creates unique floating islands that add a touch of whimsy and showcases the fiery beauty of the plant from a different perspective.

Flame Moss Propagation Methods:

  • Trimming and Replanting: The simplest method is to trim healthy shoots and replant them directly into the substrate or attach them to rocks or driftwood using fishing line or cyanoacrylate glue.

  • Spore Capsules: Occasionally, Flame Moss produces tiny spore capsules. Once mature, these capsules release spores that can germinate and form new plants. However, this method is less controllable and requires patience.

  • Dividing Clumps: Carefully separate established clumps of Flame Moss into smaller portions. Ensure each portion has healthy shoots and roots before replanting them in your desired locations.

Flame Moss Lighting Requirements:

  • Moderate Lighting: Flame Moss thrives under moderate lighting levels (around 40-50 PAR). This provides sufficient light for healthy growth while preventing excessive algae growth.

  • Higher Lighting: Higher lighting (around 60-80 PAR) can encourage more vibrant green coloration and denser growth. However, monitor algae growth closely under these conditions and adjust lighting intensity if necessary.

  • Low Lighting: While it tolerates low light, Flame Moss might exhibit slower growth and less vibrant colors. Consider supplementing with root tabs or comprehensive nutrients if opting for low-light conditions.

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