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Inga 07-19-2011 06:47 PM

Fish getting caught up in Java Moss?
 
Anyone ever have this happen? Do any of you let your Java Moss go kind of wild in your tanks or do you only keep small "groomed" amounts? I have let mine kind of get crazy on the bottom as I like how it looks. I have noticed that it is a favorite spot for "Sailor" my Sailfin Pleco to sleep. Kind of like a nice fluffy feather bed for fishes.

I do have some concerns however. I have noticed the Corie's seem to have a little difficulty making their way through the moss. The tank is large enough and the Moss is in only certain areas that they COULD avoid it. Should I be worried that they could get stuck in the Moss? Is it possible for it to damage them? Kind of like a giant Burdock bush that grabs hold of a small animal?

Byron 07-19-2011 06:50 PM

I doubt you've anything to worry about Inga. Java Moss is unlikely to "trap" any healthy fish. And many use it for spawning characins and cyprinids, and the fry never have a problem. I have tetra fry swimming through thick strands of JM regularly.

Inga 07-19-2011 07:18 PM

Thanks Byron. I guess it is just nice to have a second opinion. I always want what is best for my fish. Seeing the fat little Cory laying in there and seemingly struggling kind of scared me. She/He made it out when I dropped some food pellets to the bottom. Guess even a thick net of Java Moss won't keep a chubby little Corydora from her/his food. ha ha I don't know how smart fish are but one would think they would learn to avoid it if it bothered them too much, right?

iamgray 07-19-2011 11:35 PM

My yoyo loaches like to bury themselves in it every so often. Sometimes I have to look really hard to see that they're still moving the slightest bit. I haven't lost a single one to java moss strangulation.

Inga 07-20-2011 04:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by iamgray (Post 742288)
My yoyo loaches like to bury themselves in it every so often. Sometimes I have to look really hard to see that they're still moving the slightest bit. I haven't lost a single one to java moss strangulation.


Well, that is good to know. I would hate to lose a fish to my stupidity.

ladayen 07-20-2011 04:51 PM

He's prolly just trying to "fluff" it so to speak like a pillow :)

Inga 07-21-2011 03:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ladayen (Post 743269)
He's prolly just trying to "fluff" it so to speak like a pillow :)


Well I have to admit, I think it looks pretty comfy.


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