How To Attach Java Moss To A Rock

How to attach java moss to a coral rock:
Coral rocks are extremely porous & can provide hiding places for the guppy fry. Also the pores in the rock can allow beneficial bacteria to grow. Java moss & Anubias plant I am adding to the fish tank offers beauty & fish loves live plants & rocks.  

How to attach java moss to a coral rock
How to attach java moss to a coral rock


I visited a hobby shop to buy coral rock, java moss which can grow on coral rock, & also an Anubias plant which is already growing on a drift wood. I found a coral rock which is very cheap & has a big size. This rock is highly porous. 


Anubias plant of top of driftwood
Anubias plant on top of driftwood

The Anubias plant I bought was already attached to the driftwood & it was cheaper than buying driftwood & Anubias plant separately. Sometimes you buy things in combo which is cheaper than purchasing them individually. If you buy a bigger size plant, then it will be expensive so I bought medium size plant & medium size driftwood. I put them in the aquarium & wait for it to grow. Fish hobby teaches us patience.


Coral rock
Coral rock

The main purpose of buying moss is that it has benefits in guppy aquarium because it provides hiding places for the guppy fry. The guppies at day time can swim around the surface level of fish tank & moss will provide hiding places for them.

Price of Coral Rock, Drift Wood & Plants:

  • Coral Rock Price: $20
  • Java Moss Price: $10
  • Anubias on Driftwood Price: $40

In this video I will show you how to attach java moss to aquarium rock. I have bought a coral rock for this project which weighs around 5 kg. 


Step 1: How to clean a coral rock:


How to clean a coral rock
How to clean a coral rock

I clean the rock & then put it in a sink to give it a good rinse. The I filled the sink with hot water & I soaked the rock in sink for a couple of hours to kill any germs & parasites. Then I used microfiber cloth to dry the rock. 


Step 2: Attach java moss to rock:


Attach java moss to coral rock
Attach java moss to coral rock

I used super glue in this project which is aquarium safe. I put some glue on the surface of rock & sat the moss on top. I repeated this process until all java moss was finely attached to the rock. Moss will begin to grow in aquarium & it will cover the full rock. 


Step 3: Lower rock with moss in aquarium:


Lower rock with moss in aquarium
Lower rock with moss in aquarium


The green side of the rock will be facing out. When lowering the rock in aquarium some of the moss can be detached from the rock & will be floating in the tank which I won’t mind because the moss will be still alive & will not going to die. 


Step 4: Lower Anubias plant in aquarium:


Lower Anubias plant attached to driftwood
Lower Anubias plant attached to driftwood

I also added an Anubias plant which is on top of the drift wood to my fish tank. Half of the fish tank is covered with aquatic plants & other half of my tank is empty & I don’t have any gravel in my aquarium. It will be easier to maintain my aquarium.


Pros of coral rock, & java moss:


Pros of coral rock & java moss
Pros of coral rock & java moss


It will be good to keep guppies in this aquarium because there are many hiding places for guppy fry. Also java moss growing on coral rock looks very beautiful. Apart from hiding & beauty, coral rock is useful because it is extremely porous & allow beneficial bacteria to gross on the surface. 


Cons of coral rock, & java moss:


Cons of coral rock & java moss
Cons of coral rock & java moss


Lowering the rock in aquarium is risky because it can break the glass. Java moss can be detached from the rock while lowering the rock. However, java moss will be alive & will float on the surface. Also filter cannot work well in tanks which contain plants & rocks because waste particles are trapped in the coral rock pores & other gaps.


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