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eatmysox 10-14-2010 11:59 AM

Plant Harvesting
So I have my ten gallon planted tank and there is dwarf sag and java moss growing in it. I have been wanting to harvest some of it to go in my new 30 gallon tank that I am building but have no clue how to do it. I have already cut down the cabomba and they seem to be doing fine

Calmwaters 10-14-2010 01:10 PM

The Java Moss you can just pull apart and put in the other tank. The Dwarf Sag I have never kept so I don't know about it but I am sure someone else will come along that can help.

Byron 10-14-2010 01:47 PM

Sagittaria will send out runners just like Vallisneria and the pygmy chain swords. Once the plant is settled, runners will appear either above or slightly under the substrate, and daughter plants will arise along the runners at regular intervals. I would let them grow a bit--the runners will just continue to extend as long as you leave them. When the daughter plants are large enough (a few leaves and roots from each), separate the runner by cutting it (at any point you want) and replant the daughter plants.

eatmysox 10-14-2010 01:49 PM

alright I will do that, should i trim the java moss at all it seems to be getting long

Byron 10-14-2010 01:55 PM


Originally Posted by eatmysox (Post 492450)
alright I will do that, should i trim the java moss at all it seems to be getting long

Depends what you want in the tank. Once attached to wood or rock, it will just continue to grow and get bushier and bushier. In a fry tank it is ideal. If you just want it to sort of grow over wood or rock, do as Amanda mentioned and just pull off the strands periodically. They can be attached to almost anything and will continue to grow.

eatmysox 10-14-2010 02:02 PM

Well currently the 10 gallon I have it growing in has an endler colony slowly growing and that is it. The moss is growing off a piece of driftwood. I was hoping to move some of it to the new driftwood in a newly set up 30 gallon community that i am starting so I don't have to purchase more (it seems to be terribly expensive around here)

Calmwaters 10-14-2010 02:06 PM

You could trim it and move it if you like it will not hurt the exsisting plant.

eatmysox 10-14-2010 02:07 PM

Great I will trim it bundle it and tie it to the new driftwood thank you for all the help :D

Calmwaters 10-14-2010 02:30 PM

No problem enjoy your new tank.

Bluebirdnanny 10-14-2010 06:31 PM

I love the Java moss. In my last house I had several tanks (now only a 10 gallon) all of which had java in the set up. Only mistake I made when I moved was to start the 10 gallon (only tank that survived move) and put eggs in it from my neighbors pond!!! Just a little of the java moss survived and started to come back. Until the eggs hatched. They were goldfish and promptly ate the moss.

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