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tangy 09-09-2007 09:42 PM

Java Moss
i received a small amount of java moss. about the amount of a marble if i was to scrunch it all up as tight as possible(not that i have) so i wanna know how long will it take to grow a good amount in a 10 gallon with 10 watts of incandescent light(with rasboras, loaches, and a molly) compared to a 10 gallon with 15 watt fluorescent lights(with a turtle). wanna put it in with my turtle but i fear he will eat it but it would grow much faster. which is best? thanks

Johnny Relentless 09-09-2007 09:54 PM

I just but a handful of Java Moss from a local lady here in Florida, and she had about 5 10G tanks with low lighting, all full of the stuff. She even had some just floating in jars and vases. There was no filtration in any of her tanks, and the room itself was very dark. But the stuff seemed to grow quite a bit. She said that the only thing that killed it was putting it in straight tap water, so now she always puts it in aquarium water.

mgamer20o0 09-09-2007 11:02 PM

might do better if you switched the bulb to a screw in power compact bulb. it does grow quickly. best bet would be to spreed it out over a rock or something.

Ilya 09-11-2007 08:42 AM

My teacher just put his in the corner. And It spread out into a ball quickly. Now it's one huge oval. And his Tetras are loving it!

tophat665 09-18-2007 05:39 PM

your best bet with java moss is to get a wide, flat rock- either a slate or a river rock. lay the moss on it thread by thread to cover it evenly one layer thick. Then take a hairnet (like the lunch lady wears), stretch it over the while rock and tie it off on the bottom. If you want, you can then take some fishing line and cross tie it a couple of times to keep the hairnet in place as it decomposes (slowly - mine have lasted more than a year). In pretty short order under 1+ wpg, the moss should cover the rock. It might take a month or 2, but once it gets going your problem will be what to do with it all. :-)

Johnny Relentless 09-18-2007 07:34 PM

Thanks, I'll try the hairnet thing.

tangy 09-18-2007 09:36 PM

that sounds like a good idea tophat. right now its in the 10 gallon with the samll fish, and its floating next to the filter pipe. ill do that and see if i get me a good amount in a couple of months :D

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