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Old 08-05-2010, 09:46 AM   #21
 
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When my java fern had plantlets forming I let them grow to about an inch long, and removed some, left the others. Now my largest section of Java Fern has a layering thing going on. When I take it out I can see the generations of plantlets, like loking at the rings in a tree trunk. :P

Also, I wouldn't ever remove the string from the Java Fern. It won't hurt anything, and once it gets a bit of algae on it, it will be invisible.
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Old 08-19-2010, 06:18 PM   #22
 
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My java fern is having baby plants like crazy. All of a sudden it is spitting out little java's like crazy. Now if only my Amazon Sword would shoot out a couple. I want those.

Also, here is my newish java moss


Am I correct in assuming that this will just kind of spread out on it's own? How do you direct that, just sort of stick it to things as it grows longer? The piece of Mopani that it is on is pretty big and has a lot of character. I am hoping I can just sort of stick it onto the rough edges. Right now, it isn't tied on at all, just kind of wedged into some of the knots and rough edges of the wood. Is that alright?

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Old 08-21-2010, 12:13 PM   #23
 
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I wish mine was sprouting babies..I can't even keep mine green..and its only my java moss like this..my peacock/taiwan moss is very green..
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Old 08-21-2010, 01:05 PM   #24
 
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I wish mine was sprouting babies..I can't even keep mine green..and its only my java moss like this..my peacock/taiwan moss is very green..
sprouting babies? Does Java moss sprout babies, or just sort of grow outward? I have no idea. I just added this to the tank. Thus far, it isn't changing much. I accidentally sucked some up with my python during water change. Mine isn't tied on, is yours? I was worried that mine was too high, close to the lights and that it might burn out. So far, so good.
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Old 08-21-2010, 01:14 PM   #25
 
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I don't know if it sprouts babies per say..I would guess it would attach itself and then start growing from their so it would look that way. Also if little pieces would break off as could grow from where ever they are because the moss can live either way.

I made a java moss wall you can see it in my 10g pics. I really won't be able to see it growing for a while. I'm just kind of keeping my fingers crossed.
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Old 08-21-2010, 08:32 PM   #26
 
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I don't know if it sprouts babies per say..I would guess it would attach itself and then start growing from their so it would look that way. Also if little pieces would break off as could grow from where ever they are because the moss can live either way.

I made a java moss wall you can see it in my 10g pics. I really won't be able to see it growing for a while. I'm just kind of keeping my fingers crossed.

Oh that is so cool and so what I want. I didn't have a clue how to go about getting that look. So you just sort of hung some kind of mesh in the tank on the back wall? Tell me more, please. I am totally wanting it to look like jungle in there. The moss covering the whole back wall would be the best and I am hopeful I can pull that off. Please, share you experience.

I can get some more moss to start it off better if I need to.
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Old 08-21-2010, 09:15 PM   #27
 
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I found this link..I did mine similar to this..only I used thread and tied the pieces of moss to the wall...and I only used 5 suction cups..2 on each side and one in the middle to keep it from popping out. I got the netting off ebay.

YouTube - Step By Step DIY Java Moss Wall
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Old 08-21-2010, 09:52 PM   #28
 
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I found this link..I did mine similar to this..only I used thread and tied the pieces of moss to the wall...and I only used 5 suction cups..2 on each side and one in the middle to keep it from popping out. I got the netting off ebay.

YouTube - Step By Step DIY Java Moss Wall
Hm, Well that was very interesting indeed. I was thinking I would just suction the mesh to the wall with a few chunks of java moss tied to the moss. I didn't know you had to put the moss between and wait for it to grow and poke out through the moss. I suspect that it would be quite solidly let in that. No worries about sucking them out with your python. lol
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Old 08-21-2010, 10:15 PM   #29
 
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The reason you want to put it in mesh is to create the wall..if you tied it to the outside of one piece it may eventually grow across the wall but most likely in a bunch like a bush. By putting in between the pieces it guides it on which way to grow.

There are a couple different ways you could do this..this just seems the most practical to me. Some like to tie the moss to a bunch of stones and line them up across the bottom backside of the tank...its up to you on how you want to do it.
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:55 PM   #30
 
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The reason you want to put it in mesh is to create the wall..if you tied it to the outside of one piece it may eventually grow across the wall but most likely in a bunch like a bush. By putting in between the pieces it guides it on which way to grow.

There are a couple different ways you could do this..this just seems the most practical to me. Some like to tie the moss to a bunch of stones and line them up across the bottom backside of the tank...its up to you on how you want to do it.

Oh I like this way but I am thinking this is a LOT of moss in my tank. lol I think it would look great though. How do you deal with the heater and filter intake? just sort of weave it behind or could you do a partial wall? Hm, something to think about. Maybe I could do a side wall? How far does this grow? Is it really slow growing? Mine seems like it grew a little considering I already sucked some up in the gravel vac when doing my water change. That or it just looks fluffier today. lol
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