Azolla (Fairy Moss)

Azolla is a fascinating and versatile aquatic plant that has gained popularity among hobbyists and conservationists alike. It belongs to the family Salviniaceae and is commonly referred to as the "Water Fern" or "Mosquito Fern." Azolla is found in various parts of the world, including Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
One of the notable features of Azolla is its unique growth habit. It forms small floating clusters or mats on the water&
Azolla has several remarkable characteristics that make it a valuable addition to aquatic ecosystems. Firstly, it is known for its ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen through a symbiotic relationship with cyanobacteria. This nitrogen fixation process enriches the water with nutrients and can benefit other aquatic organisms by improving water quality and supporting the growth of plants and algae.
Cultivating Azolla is relatively straightforward. It thrives in freshwater environments with still or slow-moving water and prefers moderate to high levels of sunlight. Azolla can tolerate a wide range of temperatures, but optimal growth typically occurs between 77°F to 86°F (25°C to 30°C).

Azolla (Fairy Moss)

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Azolla is a fascinating and versatile aquatic plant that has gained popularity among hobbyists and conservationists alike. It belongs to the family Salviniaceae and is commonly referred to as the "Water Fern" or "Mosquito Fern." Azolla is found in various parts of the world, including Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

One of the notable features of Azolla is its unique growth habit. It forms small floating clusters or mats on the water's surface, creating a green carpet-like appearance. The plant consists of tiny, scale-like leaves that are densely packed together, providing a visually appealing texture.

Azolla has several remarkable characteristics that make it a valuable addition to aquatic ecosystems. Firstly, it is known for its ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen through a symbiotic relationship with cyanobacteria. This nitrogen fixation process enriches the water with nutrients and can benefit other aquatic organisms by improving water quality and supporting the growth of plants and algae.

Additionally, Azolla offers ecological advantages by acting as a natural biofilter. Its dense growth can help reduce excess nutrients in the water, effectively controlling algae growth and promoting a healthier aquatic environment. This makes Azolla particularly beneficial in ponds, lakes, and aquariums where maintaining a balanced ecosystem is crucial.

Cultivating Azolla is relatively straightforward. It thrives in freshwater environments with still or slow-moving water and prefers moderate to high levels of sunlight. Azolla can tolerate a wide range of temperatures, but optimal growth typically occurs between 77°F to 86°F (25°C to 30°C).

Maintaining proper water chemistry is essential for Azolla's growth and overall health. The pH range should be around neutral to slightly acidic, between 6.5 to 7.5, and regular monitoring of nutrient levels, particularly nitrogen and phosphorus, can help ensure optimal growth.

In aquariums, Azolla can provide shelter and hiding spots for small fish, fry, and invertebrates, making it a beneficial addition to community tanks and breeding setups.

Whether you're an aquarist or a conservation enthusiast, Azolla offers a range of benefits and visual appeal. Its ability to fix nitrogen, act as a biofilter, and create an attractive floating green mat makes it a valuable asset for maintaining a healthy and sustainable aquatic environment. Consider introducing Azolla to your aquarium or natural water bodies and experience the beauty and benefits it brings.
  • Sold as small bare-roots portion
  • Approx. 2" x 2" in size ( 4-6 plants )

Disclaimer: Pictures are not the actual plants you will receive, but a sample representation. Unless specific, we don't guarantee aquatic plants will be free of pests, pesticides, grow emerged, or submerge. 

 Scientific Name

Azolla caroliniana

Common Name

Water Fern, Mosquito Fern, Fairy Moss, Duckweed Fern, Water Moss

Placement

Floating

CO2

Not required

Growth Rates

Fast

Difficulty Level

Easy

Nutrient Substrate

Not required

Can be grow emerged?

Yes

Lighting Requirements

Medium - High

Please do not release plants or animals into the wild as it may cause substantial harm to local ecosystems.

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      However, plants in tissue culture will be 100% free from pests, algae and never have been contacting with any aquarium.

      1. Due to the nature of the product. We don't guarantee our plants will be pests free. ( snails, algae, hitchhikers )
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      Customer Reviews

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      B.
      Real Bang for Your Buck!

      It was my first time ordering from Aquatic Plants Factory, so I wasn't sure how much I would get from a "small portion" but after receiving my order in the mail one small portion is way more than I expected. It was a small pouch that was just about completely full. They're a tiny floating plant, so it was awesome to get so many at once! It's also important that they survived the shipping process. I would buy this again!

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      Theresa M
      It's teeny tiny!

      The moss is pretty much as pictured, healthy etc. BUT the scale is hard to determine from the pics. It's really pretty but the beautiful texture is quite hard to see unless you're sticking your face right up on it. In any case, I'm sure it'll do it's plant job of filtering etc, so it's going in the tanks.

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      Austin Schenk
      Super healthy plants

      Super clean and healthy plants. Typical duckweed and snails in but minimal. This was my second order if that says how I feel about it. Would recommend

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