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post #11 of 19 Old 11-08-2013, 11:06 AM
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hello and welcome…..that is a Beautiful aquarium !
and i certainly look forward to the pictures of the next one !

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #12 of 19 Old 11-08-2013, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the welcome! I'm looking forward to setting up the new tank within the next couple months!
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post #13 of 19 Old 11-13-2013, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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Moss Still look not looking good

A solid two weeks have passed since I performed a major trimming of that ugly/dying java moss. I was hoping to see some fresh green sprout from the clippings but no dice. I have some general questions and hope someone can answer them!

1. is it possible the original moss I bought was grown in an emerged atmosphere and just took longer to melt away in my tank?
2. Did I overly secure the moss to the driftwood, strangling it and not allowing it to grow?
3. Could it be something with the wood itself?

I just want some thick/green moss!!!!!
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post #14 of 19 Old 11-13-2013, 04:57 PM
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Moss adapts to submersed conditions very well. It is fairly rare for them to melt after being submersed. I've subjected my moss to both submersed and emersed transitions with absolutely no problems. Do you see any green at all? You rmoss may simply be beyond recovery after suffering the envelope for three weeks in getting to the USA. how is the "flame moss" doing?
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post #15 of 19 Old 11-13-2013, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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Yea thats what i was afraid of...I might give it another week to see what happens then remove it completely. Of course I can give up on it just yet! I'll throw all the clippings and remnants in a container in hopes of some recovery. If not, ill be playing Taps. I do not have any flame moss in the tank now. Im leaning towards some taiwan moss actually. With no poor success with the java moss, do you think other moss will survive?
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post #16 of 19 Old 11-13-2013, 06:58 PM
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Of course they will survive! XD try to source them from the USA. You can usually request first class shipping from the good sellers as moss ships fairly well.

In my experience, moss grows slow... so it isn't worth it to risk shipping it transpacific/transcontinental because it's a few dollar cheaper >.< To be honest, besides the risks involved with aquatic magic and the time it takes to get here... their portions are small!


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post #17 of 19 Old 11-14-2013, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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Thats great advice...the fish store i go to is one of the best in the country (located in San Francisco) but they import their plants from asia. However, sometimes they sell moss clippings when they trim their showcase tanks. Do you think that I should test my luck with these clippings as are already used to the co2 injected environment
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post #18 of 19 Old 11-14-2013, 12:41 PM
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Woohoo! :D I goto san francisco once a year. And I looooove their aq stores!
I went to one near berkley, and it was heaven. New york LFS cannot compare! XD I guess those are the perks of being closer to asia :D

Moss are highly adaptable! are there any specific moss you are looking for? each moss have a very unique look and growth patter. One of my personal favorites is the peacock moss! it grows fairly fast in beautiful triangular fronds (is that the right word for it?). I get to trim it about once a month :D if you are interested, I will be more than happy to send my next trim out to you ^_^.

Moss will attach to anything porous, if given enough time. you simply have to tie it to a piece of wood or rock. and it will grow fairly well. A good current is usually preferred.

A great way to attach moss (especially to wood) is to dry start it. Which simply means to grow it in a high humidity environment without water. This can be achieved by tying the moss onto a porous material (wood, lava rock works well for me) and placing it in a sealed container where your wood will fit comfortably :). Place it near adequate lighting and mist periodically with a weak fertilizer solution ^_^.


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post #19 of 19 Old 11-14-2013, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Yea the stores in the Bay Area area awesome. I feel like I am on vacation every time i go into Aqua Forest Aquarium! I never heard of peacock moss, but when i looked it up, it reminds me of christmas moss...one of my favorites. I would love to have some of your clippings. I could either send ya some $$ or trade for some of my plants. Either way...yes please!

When you establish the moss in an immersed environment, is the humidity just at 100%? is there water at the bottom? I like this idea!
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