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Attaching Java Moss To Driftwood: Guide For Miniature Gardening

Attaching low-light-loving Java Moss to driftwood is easy as long as they get enough moisture and are perfect for terrariums and aquascaping.

For attaching Java Moss to driftwood, you can first place a thin layer of superglue to the substrate, press for a few seconds, and secure the moss. However, you can use a fishing line or a string for tying the moss to driftwood.

After attaching, you can place your creation in terrariums or aquariums and decorate it to your liking.

Yet, to grasp a better idea for renovation and its care, follow the article below!

What Is Java Moss? [Appearance & Overview]

Java Moss (or Taxiphyllum barbieri) is a low-light-loving plant in the Moss family. It falls on the plant group ‘Bryophytes’ and is aquatic to semi-aquatic inhabitant.  

Commonly Java Moss is also called ‘Bogor Moss’ and is native to Southeast Asia.

Do You Know?

Java Moss is among the fastest-growing moss species!

As for appearance, Java Moss is feathery with small translucent adpressed leaves organized along wiry stems and decorated with hair-like rhizoids instead of roots. 

Due to the hairy rhizoids (same as roots in higher plants), Java Moss can attach to any substrate, such as driftwood, without additional nutrition.

The plant thrives solely in ambient moisture and low light. It can grow to 2-4 inches tall and spread to about 3-10 inches.

How Is Java Moss Used In Aquascaping & Terrarium?

Since Java Moss can attach to substrates, various ways exist to use it in stunning terrariums or aquatic hardscapes.

  • You can use Java Moss driftwood to create lush, green ground cover to place at the bottom of the aquarium or terrariums.
  • Since Java Moss can also survive in sem-aquatic environments, you can use it as a floating driftwood plant on the water surface in an aquarium.
  • Further, you can attach Java Moss to driftwood and organize it in a moss wall to create a focal point in aquascaping.
Image represents Java Moss inside a terrarium
The humidity and temperature of terrariums perfectly suit Java Moss’s growth by attaching to driftwood.

What Are The Advantages Of Using Java Moss?

Following are the advantages of using Java Moss in aquascaping and terrariums.

  • Java Moss is versatile and easy to care for as it can thrive in feeble light, nutrients, and moisture.
  • Additionally, Java Moss can offer hiding places for small critters in terrariums and aquariums, bestowing a natural outlook.
  • The growth of these plants on driftwood releases tannins within the hardscape, encouraging the growth of beneficial bacteria and keeping the aquarium or terrarium clean.

Steps For Attaching Moss To Driftwood [Aquarium & Terrariums]

There are two similar ways to attach Java Moss to driftwood, the same for aquariums and terrariums.

1. Attaching Java Moss To Driftwood Using Glue

  • Rinse your Java Moss with fresh water to remove debris.
  • Then, take desirable driftwood and put some Moss superglue on it.
  • Place the moss on the glue and press it firmly with your thumb.
  • Keep the driftwood with the moss in the terrariums or aquariums after it dries completely.

2. Attaching Java Moss To Driftwood Using String or Fishing Line

  • Clean your Moss with fresh water to remove all the dirt.
  • Select driftwood and spread the Moss on the driftwood. 
  • Then, take a fishing line or thread and secure the plant tightly.
  • After, you can keep it in the terrarium or aquarium and desire according to plan.

Give A Thought!

Do you know about terrariums? Make sure to learn about it more before incorporating Moss to driftwood.

Setting Terrarium or Aquarium Using Moss Driftwood

With the following tips, you can set up a terrarium or aquarium tank using moss driftwood.

  • Take a 10-gallon glass tank and fill it with hardscape elements or water, depending on what you are creating.

While creating an aquascape with Moss, ensure a water temperature of around 72-78°F and a pH of 6.5-7.5.

However, you can also sustain a similar temperature and soil pH if you build a terrarium with humidity levels between 60-90% and 4-6 hours of artificial light or dappled sunshine.

  • Arrange all other hardscape elements in the aquarium or terrarium you are preparing, such as rocks, other plants, critters, or fishes.

However, you must also maintain the terrariums or aquariums which you will prepare.

  • Change the water or soil in aquariums or terrariums once it gets murky.
  • Keep an eye on the water or terrarium parameters (soil pH, temperature, humidity, light, etc.).
  • Remove dead or decaying wood and trim the besetting Moss.

From Editorial Team


For sound growth of Moss, you should avoid terrarium or aquarium inhabitants such as snails and slugs.

However, if you use Moss as a floater, you can include fishes such as Guppies, Platys, and Mollies.

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