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otter 09-07-2012 07:19 PM

New sorority tank and some help with java moss
Hello there!
This is my new tank that I set up a few weeks ago,
I ordered some plants from planted aquariums central and Was VERY happy with my results.
I orded 2 anubias nana, and 2 other anubias, 2 marimo balls and one order of java moss.
All of the plants where wrapped in newspaper and in plastic bags.
There where lots of leaves on the anubias and the moss balls where so cute!
I really do reccomend them if you're planning on getting plants online. Their shipping wasn't bad at all either! I was afraid that, since they where being shipped for 3 days that the plants would die, but that wasnt the case at all.

I do have a few questions!
I am not very good at taking care of plants...
And I am not really sure what to do with the java moss.
I broke it up and stuck clumps in between rocks.

Is that ok? or are there better ways to keep java moss?
I've never kept it before, so im not really sure.
any tips on making it grow well etc.?

Tankfull Tropicals 09-07-2012 09:08 PM

I have grown tons of the Jave Moss over the decades. It is Very easy to keep and propagates all on its own. It only needs minimal light but will reproduce better with a bit more. It will attach itself to your rock work if given enough time, or to driftwood too.
When I want to propagate it faster I take a handful out and chop it into tiny pieces with scissors. Evey little piece will start growing. I can easily start getting in the way on you. But it's best use is for young fish fry to feed and hide in.

aussieJJDude 09-08-2012 06:23 AM

WOW, love the rocks! the balls look cool and the java moss is java moss. absolutely love the java moss, it is the only plant that doesn't get eaten by the snails.... LOL:-D

fish monger 09-08-2012 08:04 AM

Be careful not to bury the rhizomes on the anubias. They are often grown attached to drift wood or rocks with thread until they attach themselves. It's OK to plant roots in the substrate, just leave the rhizome uncovered. Nice tank.

otter 09-08-2012 12:13 PM

Thank you! I made sure they weren't buried thank you :). Also does anyone have a good idea for surface plants for the females to hide in? I don't have much lighting and the plants can't grow too tall because of the cover but duck weed?

Byron 09-08-2012 01:31 PM

Duckweed is not very useful as fry or fish cover since it is so thin. Water Sprite is about the best [the name shaded, so you can click it for the profile info with photos]. Brazilian Pennywort also does well floating.


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