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tanker 04-19-2010 11:05 PM

java moss - a mistake?
I went to the fish shop again today and came home with some java moss because I thought it looked nice. I've done a bit of googling (wrong way around, I know, should have researched first....) and it looks like java moss might be a bit of a menace.

I only have small tanks, 35 and 75 litre. Should I whip the java moss straight back out and chalk it up as a mistake, or is it worth giving it a go?

stephanieleah 04-20-2010 12:59 AM

Why do these sites consider it a menace? The only menacing thing about it is it's unruliness, which I find quite easy to keep in check. It's great for shrimp, looks nice, and can be kept in manageable quantities. Now and then I have to pull pieces out of my filter intake, but other than that, it's a nice addition to the tank. You can keep it nice looking by mounting it to a piece of decor (esp. wood) with fishing line or squish it between two aquarium-safe pieces of mesh to create a carpet or a wall. Worse case scenario, you end up hating it and you post it in the classifieds for the next lucky recipient.

tanker 04-20-2010 01:07 AM

Thanks. The info was just to the effect of it being very fast growing and overtaking other plants, and clogging up the filter. Because I've only got small tanks, I wouldn't want the whole thing full of moss within a short space of time. I'm not really bothered if I have to remove bits of it, I was more concerned with it perhaps clogging up the filter. If it's able to be kept under control without wreaking havoc on the filter I'm ok with it, I just didn't know whether I'd got myself a whole heap of headache:lol:

Byron 04-20-2010 09:43 AM

I've never had problems with Java Moss. I have never actually bought it, it arrives on wood or as a tiny strand in the water with fish or plants. It grows moderately fast for me, nothing uncontrollable. I love the way it attaches to wood and makes it look very natural. As it grows it will expand into the water from whatever it is attached to, but it is very easy to just grab it and pull it away. A great plant for fry tanks, or for aquaria containing browsing fish like gourami and pencilfish as the moss contains all sorts of invisible "food".


tanker 04-20-2010 09:53 AM

Thanks. It's in there now, so I'll give it a go and see how it turns out. Another adventure begins:lol:

spoot 04-20-2010 10:08 AM

My only problem with java moss is I can't get it to attach to anything...I may be using too thick of clumps though.
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redchigh 04-20-2010 10:52 AM

When I put it in my tank most of it died over the course of a week.
Can't figure out what it was since all the parameters are the same now and everything is growing...
Maybe it was just a huge difference in water parameters...

Now I have it tied to all of my rocks and 1 small piece of driftwood...
Something else interesting, is everyone complains that hornwort is ugly and impossible to anchor to anything... The java moss has grabbed hold of the hornwort so now I have hornwort on driftwood.
Looks nice. :)

tanker 04-20-2010 07:10 PM


Originally Posted by spoot (Post 366138)
I may be using too thick of clumps though.

So might I... The guy gave me a pretty big clump. I've just tied a hunk on a bit of driftwood in each tank. Maybe I should have divided it up more?

Originally Posted by redchigh (Post 366158)
When I put it in my tank most of it died over the course of a week.

Oh, there's another option. Maybe it won't even grow :lol:

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