Taxiphyllum sp. "Peacock" aka Peacock Moss is a relatively rare, but popular and attractive species of creeping moss. This moss is great for any freshwater aquarium due to its low lighting requirements and overall ease of care. It will grow into bushy patches that a good hiding place for shrimp and fish fry. Once established, Peacock Moss fronds appear very bushy and have the appearance of pointy, miniature pine trees similar to Christmas Moss.
"Peacock Moss" is still an unidentified species of the genus Taxiphyllum. It was first cultivated by hobbyists in Asia. Some speculate that it is identical to the moss commonly called "Spiky Moss" in the aquarium trade.
As with all mosses, Peacock Moss will grow best if secured in place with superglue, twine, or netting. Trimming will ensure that it doesn't detach from its anchor and also helps keep the center from turning brown. Other than routine trimming, moss should be left alone if it is to grow in a tidy shape.
Origin: Southeast Asia
Growth Rate: Slow
Light Demand: Low to Medium