Alright.. first time with moss, did I do this right?
So, a while back I planted my tank with about 20+ anubias but they had a rough delivery so many of them did not make it. I think I accidentally buried some of the rhizomes too (oops!).. so, instead of trying to cover the bottom of my tank with more anubias (too expensive to try again..), I figured I would try out moss. I saw that you can make a nice sort of "moss carpet" by attaching it to rocks. I've never, ever had a good experience tying anything to rocks with thread, but I read you can attach them by streching louffa (shower scrubbies) material over the rocks and tying those back.. so that was the route I took. It was easy enough, but I'm worried if I did it right because I didn't really find a detailed explanation of the best way to go about.. I'm not sure if I tied down too much moss, or too tight.. but here's a pic of what it looks like so far. My ghost shrimp were already on top of the rocks the moment I set them in the tank.
Also, any suggestions? I know the vals look a little thin towards the center left but I'm going to assume they'll grow out soon enough.. and ignore the marimo balls, they're just in the tank temporarily.
If anyone is curious, that is cypress knees as driftwood, penny wort floating, Italian(?) vals in the background, anubias nana (a type called "eyes" if I remember right) which are tied to what I believe is like Malaysian driftwood or something, and java moss attached to the rocks.
Inhabitants include 8 harlequin rasbora (5 regular and 3 mostly black), 5 rummynose tetras (with at least 4 more to be added this weekend!), 5 false julii corys, 2 nerite snails, approx 10 ghost shrimp, 1 assassin snail and who knows how many MTS :P
There are some funky "smudge" looking things on the front and back of the glass... those are from nerite eggs & I've just been too lazy to scrub them off. :) Sorry!
I think it looks great, those Cypress knees are awesome , might I suggest with the moss to try and pull some out between the holes in the net, and I assume you made sure the shower scrubbies where just regular ones not with and fragrances or moisterizers in them? Other than that I think the tank looks great.
I was going to try to get some of the moss out but I wasn't sure of the best way to do that.. I was thinking of going at them with tweezers, would that work? Or do you (or anyone) know of a better option?
I'm 99% sure that they're regular. First, they were two for like $.90 so I'm sure they aren't fancy. They don't have any moisturizer or anything, I can tell that. And they do not smell. The tags mentioned nothing, and I cleaned them thoroughly too.
Glad you like the cypress knees, I love them. :) I just love going canoeing or hiking around the black water swamps that are here locally, and they inspired me!
Those cypress knees are AWESOME! nice twist on driftwood, and really suit your set up!
Is that moss java? or some other kind? if its java moss then I wouldn't unduly worry about it, that stuff grows like mad once it gets going. It'll just grow out through the holes, I think the only benefit you would get from pulling some of it through would be that you could see some of it. I think there is enough light etc getting to it for it to be fine, obviously keep an eye on it, if it looks like its going yellow or whatever then do something.
there is a plant I have in my tank that is good for carpeting the substrate, its called lilaeopsis brasiliensis or micro sword. it is a creeping plant that shoots out runners and spreads. I got a bunch of it as a potted plant and stupidly didn't not tear it up into smaller sections for a more even spread, i just planted as one lump. but its has spread a bit and looks like nice!
I recommend you check it out.
here is a pick of mine, but if you separate it I bet it would carpet out in no time!! small sections would look awesome around those rocks.
It is java moss.. I considered a few others, but java I think is the best option considering how low my lights are. Glad to know it should be fine the way I planted it. I will certainly keep an eye on it!
I had considered a micro sword carpet but I was worried it wouldn't do as well with my low lights. I only have one t8 bulb over the tank and the pennywort shades the front of the tank very well.. I will probably think about switching to that if the java moss gets to be some unruly mess, which.. well, it may lol. I like the way it looks more, but I was looking for something very easy and hardy.. and I have shrimp in there that already seem greatful for the addition. Great suggestion though and I may look into it as an option!
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seems those Cypress knees are rather popular maybe you should start picking up some extras and try selling them here to members lol, remember I suggested it so hopefully I get a discount on my first order.lol
:P I should look to see if I can find them local. I was going to order them from someone online who is in Louisiana who sells them for ridiculously cheap, but you don't get to see them before they are sent. I actually found these on etsy, because people will usually use them for crafts. I was trying to get one wide enough to hide most of my sponge filter and that's sort of hard to explain to someone who doesn't really know or care to know anything about a fish tank. The guys from Louisiana were great when I spoke with them, and I've heard good experiences with them before, but they are very much swamp people.. I felt it'd be easier to pay just a little bit more (not much though really) for some that I could already see a picture of. The Louisiana people seemed busy so I didn't want to bother them with pictures and such.
I'll have to see if anyone has them around here.. we've got the actual trees, so someone is bound to be selling the knees. :)
And ryhmon, I know that it won't carpet the substrate.. I still want to leave plenty of sand for my corys to play in. When I first read your post (on my phone) I misread and thought you meant to replace the java moss with the microsword.. It probably would look pretty good in a few places in front of the java moss. I'll definitely look into that once the moss is growing in. It probably won't stay very short in my low light though.. but I'll certainly look at it. Thank you for the suggestion.
Well, yay.. there's either some moss growth or it's coming loose but I will pretend it's a slight bit of growth.. It's certainly still green though. Debating if I should trim back more of my pennywort to add more light for them..
Here's a video of the tank.. just feeding everyone. Fish store was out of rummys so I got a dwarf gourami instead.. before I read about their diseases. Now I'm paranoid but everyone seems fine so far. The gourami had been in the tank a couple weeks... I think I may hold off on getting more rummys just in case - anyone in the plant section have an opinion on that? Lol.
Anyways.. the vals aren't really growing but I think they're still settling in. Should I put in root tabs? I feel like excess ferts helped lead to my tank going haywire before. I've been dosing with flourish once a week a couple days after water change. One of my aubias was looking like it may die but it seems to have settled in and is keeping its leaves now. The anubias arent new, but I moved all but one of them just recently so maybe that's what made it wilt a little?
I can post pictures if ya want to see what's going on with the anubias or vals..
nice tank looks like moss growth to me...
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