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Old 08-22-2010, 08:50 PM   #31
 
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I put the heater on my side wall behind my mopani..around filter intake I didn't put the moss directly behind it..you have to figure this out beforehand..so you know where you intake will be. --I think it will grow as long as you let it grow..I haven't had mine long enough to tell you my experience. After talking to a memeber here I may not have the best specimens to start with but I am positive and keeping fingers crossed.
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Old 08-22-2010, 10:13 PM   #32
 
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That was a cool video,,,, you gotta love Youtube for learning how to do things. I plan to try some moss in my new tank soon.
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Old 08-22-2010, 10:25 PM   #33
 
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It can definately be helpful..especially if you are a visual learner..
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Old 08-23-2010, 01:45 AM   #34
 
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omg i got xmas moss and they wrote java moss.. no wonder my moss looked so different ..duhh!!
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Old 08-23-2010, 06:25 AM   #35
 
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Hm, I think I will wait until the moss I have grows a bit more so I have enough to do more with. At this point it wouldn't go very far. I am thinking maybe I should do a side wall rather then the back wall. 4 feet of moss might be a bit much. lol Either way, I have some time to think about it. I don't think that it will take over my tank any time soon. I too am a visual learner, I learn by doing as well.

Blessed are those that can just read something in a book and understand exactly what the author is talking about. I guess we are all different learners though and thank God we have Youtube videos to help us understand. lol

I am all excited because I have a few more pieces of wood coming early this week. Don't yet know where I am going to put them. It will depend on the shape of the piece's that come. I just went with Malaysian driftwood this time, instead of Mopani, I am interested to see the difference. The Mopani thus far, I have been very very happy with.

Kitten_Penang, I like the look of the Christmas moss too, I just couldn't find it around here. I prefer to get my plants here if I can. Someday, I might order again though.
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Old 08-23-2010, 08:17 AM   #36
 
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Hm, I think I will wait until the moss I have grows a bit more so I have enough to do more with. At this point it wouldn't go very far. I am thinking maybe I should do a side wall rather then the back wall. 4 feet of moss might be a bit much. lol Either way, I have some time to think about it. I don't think that it will take over my tank any time soon. I too am a visual learner, I learn by doing as well.


Blessed are those that can just read something in a book and understand exactly what the author is talking about. I guess we are all different learners though and thank God we have Youtube videos to help us understand. lol


I am all excited because I have a few more pieces of wood coming early this week. Don't yet know where I am going to put them. It will depend on the shape of the piece's that come. I just went with Malaysian driftwood this time, instead of Mopani, I am interested to see the difference. The Mopani thus far, I have been very very happy with.

Kitten_Penang, I like the look of the Christmas moss too, I just couldn't find it around here. I prefer to get my plants here if I can. Someday, I might order again though.
I don't know if weeping moss or christmas moss grows any faster but I know those are popular with walls. I was thinking about using my Taiwan moss since it staying so pretty green. Yeah I think you would be waiting a while to cover a 4 ft wall..lol. My is only 10g..but I originally planned to do it to my 37g..but I would have to find a highlight moss..maybe a marimo moss wall.
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Old 08-23-2010, 08:35 AM   #37
 
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I don't know if weeping moss or christmas moss grows any faster but I know those are popular with walls. I was thinking about using my Taiwan moss since it staying so pretty green. Yeah I think you would be waiting a while to cover a 4 ft wall..lol. My is only 10g..but I originally planned to do it to my 37g..but I would have to find a highlight moss..maybe a marimo moss wall.
A very long story but applicable to the topic at hand-I was going to do a four foot moss wall for the back of my display tank. True to my nature, I didn't want to wait forever for it to grow in so I ordered enough Christmas Tree Moss to fill in the wall well. This moss is hard to find locally in the states (I tried) and ended up ordering it from an oveseas company (from Kitten's backyard, Malaysia) and for the quantity ordered it wasn't cheap.
A month later I leave to go on a ski vacation (the wall is looking fabulous) and two days into the vacation I get a call from the B/F, who was babysitting the tank. He's freaking because a tetra is caught "behind" the wall and he doesn't know what to do. I tell him to leave it, you don't mess up a wall costing hundreds of dollars for a tetra that cost a few bucks (Inga, can you tell you two would get along just fine? ) but he can't leave it to "suffer" so he ends up destroying my wall trying to get the fish out. I was so disgusted upon my return home and seeing my tank. There were chunks and pieces of moss everywhere, a few sections of the wall had been pulled away from the suction cups and there were huge "holes" where moss had once been. I was disgusted and tore the hole thing out. The tetra survived and everytime I looked at that fish I thought "aarrgggh".
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Old 08-23-2010, 08:46 AM   #38
 
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That's not good at all AK...in that video I posted for Inga there was a comment on there that said between the 2 sizes of mesh they chose the smaller so the fish wouldn't get stuck. Now right now I have inverts only..actually in that tank 3 golden, 2 ramshorns and MTS..I did notice MTS got in between the mesh but I'm not too concerned..they should be able to find there way out. I keep an eye on it though and make sure it is always tight against the wall..can't imagine if one of the fatty snails pushed their way through it.

Sorry about your wall I can only imagine how sick you would have been..all that effort. I will definately keep that in mind with my critters and if I ever feel like getting fish. Do you have any old pics of it?
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Old 08-23-2010, 09:38 AM   #39
 
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I had chosen the smaller size mesh, that tetra had to work pretty hard to get caught in there. I was planning on taking some shots of it when I got back from my ski trip...so much for that idea!
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Old 08-23-2010, 09:41 AM   #40
 
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Aw...gees..sorry I asked...just a plain out bad experience..
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