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post #1 of 10 Old 12-10-2010, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
Control of moss growth

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Has anyone gotten javamoss to grow in a dense bush-like form instead of a loose stringy web? Mine likes to grow everywhere and its really quite bothersome, im trying to get it to grow in a tighter form on wood. Anyone got any tips on how to do this?
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-10-2010, 02:05 PM
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For best results, the moss should be cut into tiny pieces before being attached to the wood, or else pinned down with LOTS of string.

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post #3 of 10 Old 12-13-2010, 05:32 PM
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Here's a photo of JM on a chunk of wood in my 10g. I would consider this a dense bush effect, is this what you mean?

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It looks similar to the effect i want, but I want to to be packed closer to the wood and not as spread out. How did you get yours to be like that? If i can get mine to look like that, I can trim it down and it will give me exactly what i want.
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This grew like this over a period of several months. It was in the 70g then, well shaded by floating plants which I believe helps to make it bushier. I pulled off a bit when I moved the wood into the 10g, and when the photo was taken it only received diffused daylight from the window behind it. I have since pulled it mostly off and it is now close to the wood and growing again.

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post #6 of 10 Old 12-13-2010, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
I will try giving it less light, right now it grows outward instead of on the wood, it looks like strings trying to go after my light. Its really annoying, i cut some off every month and toss it out, but it just comes back,
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post #7 of 10 Old 12-14-2010, 02:19 AM
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Do you mean like a mat attached to the driftwood? Mine was always loose and stringy too until I upgraded my lighting. I went from less than one watt per gallon with who-knows-what spectrum to three with the proper spectrum and it really anchored down and grew into a nice, thick covering with only a few trailing strands going up towards the light. Before that it never attached to the wood properly... it would just kind of sit on top. That was just my experience though, so I have no idea if it's typical or not.
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post #8 of 10 Old 12-14-2010, 07:52 AM
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some other moss species will grow tighter to wood/rocks. I pretty sure what i was sold as java moss is something different - it grows slowly close to the wood its on and isn't stringy at all. i think it might be something like christmas moss
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post #9 of 10 Old 12-14-2010, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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Do you mean like a mat attached to the driftwood? Mine was always loose and stringy too until I upgraded my lighting. I went from less than one watt per gallon with who-knows-what spectrum to three with the proper spectrum and it really anchored down and grew into a nice, thick covering with only a few trailing strands going up towards the light. Before that it never attached to the wood properly... it would just kind of sit on top. That was just my experience though, so I have no idea if it's typical or not.
I had to weight the moss down with large pieces of gravel to get it to attach to my wood. My lighting is also less than 1 watt per gallon so maybe that could be it? I am upgrading my light soon though so maybe that will help.


@sik80, I wish i had some christmas moss, that stuff looks amazing, but very pricey.

A friend of mine noted that the java moss was growing like staghorn algae except green and... mossy.
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post #10 of 10 Old 12-14-2010, 10:58 AM
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Many plants grow more compact under more light... I would imagine java moss is the same.

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