• Christmas Moss AKA Xmas Moss Mat (Vesicularia montagnei)
  • Christmas Moss AKA Xmas Moss Mat (Vesicularia montagnei)
  • Christmas Moss AKA Xmas Moss Mat (Vesicularia montagnei)

Christmas Moss AKA Xmas Moss Mat (Vesicularia montagnei)

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Christmas Moss (Vesicularia montagnei), also known as "Xmas Moss," is a rare, but very popular and attractive species of creeping moss for the freshwater aquarium.  This is a great plant to keep in any freshwater aquarium due to its low lighting requirements and ease of care.  It grows into bushy patches that are always a favorite hiding place for shrimp and fish fry.  It also provides cultivation areas for tiny live food sources such as infusoria and biofilm.  Once established in the aquarium, Christmas Moss fronds appear very bushy and have the appearance of pointy, miniature pine trees.

We offer this moss in a solid stainless steel mat form that makes it easy to attach to and begin propagating on rocks, driftwood, or aquarium walls and substrate.  The moss is grown outdoors in Taiwan, and may contain a few pest snails or terrestrial bugs (the bugs will not survive or reproduce underwater).

This is a very easy plant to keep without much extra care, but like all plants, it can benefit from CO2 supplementation, although this is not required.  Like many mosses, it does not typically respond positively to most chemical plant supplements.  Many aquarists report success with this moss purely through keeping a well-maintained aquarium with no supplementation.

No aquarium plant distributor/nursery/wholesaler/retailer can or will guarantee their plants to be 100% snail free. We can not guarantee our plants will be snail free.


Important: Please “Choose a Variant” above before adding this item to your cart. The variants we are currently offering are:

Large Moss Mats (3 x 3 inch mats)

Small Moss Mats (3 x 1.6 inch mats)


What We Like About This Plant:

  • Excellent (and potentially more attractive) alternative to Java Moss
  • Can be attached to almost any aquarium décor or left floating in loose form
  • Low light requirements
  • Little to no supplements needed

Care Guidelines:

  • Temperature: 65° - 77° F (18.3° - 25° C)
  • pH: 5.0 - 7.5
  • Lighting: Low to moderate
  • Origin: Farmed in Asia, but indigenous to Southeast Asia
  • Aquarium placement: Any
  • Care: Easy

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