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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-01-2012, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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Question Moss - strangleholds on tanks

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I have only recently gotten into the planted aquariums and am looking for some advice. Last year I purchased some Christmas Tree Moss hoping to have it create an nice effect on a rock I had placed in the tank. Now, I realize that Christmas Tree isn't the best option for this but it leads into my question rather well. You see, within a few weeks the moss was growing all over the tank. But it was stringy and not really attaching to anything. It was clogging up my filter, and making things difficult. Is there a way to prevent moss from getting that far out of hand?

Also, I am starting a new tank with some soil as a substrate. I am looking for recommendations for good plants that would be "easy on the eyes."

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Maintenance. You need to trim it. Don't expect to just plant and forget for any plant.
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you need to tie down moss to have it attach on to rocks and wood. Trimming and reattaching the longer trimmed pieces is what i do.
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it sounds like you did not tie down the moss tight enough, when i tie down moss, i never get any loose peices in the tank, the rock or wood i tie it to is the only place i will find moss in my tank

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Keep up with trimmings, like noted above. Instead of tying the moss down, you could also cover it with a mesh-like material. That way when it grows through, you can lift it up and trim easier.
But as far as plants that you want to add go, it all depends on what you want. Are you wanting all green? maybe some red here and there? long leaves, rounded leaves? You can always start out with some Ludwigia, since that's pretty common and fairly easy to keep up with. Maybe some Anubias or java fern
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not to jack your thread, but what is the general rule for trimming moss? I've had moss in one of my tanks attached to my dw, but never trimmed it in about 6 months.
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Originally Posted by gowfan05 View Post
not to jack your thread, but what is the general rule for trimming moss? I've had moss in one of my tanks attached to my dw, but never trimmed it in about 6 months.
There's really no rule. If it starts looking unruly, then break out the scissors.

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