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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-12-2005, 03:50 PM
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I had a little Java moss but I didn't care for it so it went into the snail tank. i guess I just didn't know how to deal with it. It was just a formless mass... however, I just purchased some awesome looking Fissidens moss from another member, any tips on how to tie it down to grapevine? Will it root eventually and no longer need to be tied down? I agree that moss makes a tank very natural looking, but not if it's tied down forever!
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Similar experiences with the others. This stuff grows really quickly and I compost handful of it at times. I think I'm slowly whittling it down though and most of it are just random strands attached to the wood.

The other mosses are more slower growing (keeping emerse, creeping, and Fissiden fontanus), but I'm sure in due time, it will grow out to be similar to java moss. BTW, you can either use netting or fishing line to tie the fissidens down.


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i use fish net to tie the moss (i not sure which type of moss, java i think) on the wood.... they grow fast... to restrict it i use a rather small pole net.... my tank is quite clean, maybe some moss on the top of the tank twice in a week.... but i am quite happy with the result...
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Originally Posted by esarkipato
Oh it's all fine and good, untill you want to get rid of it! I'm pretty sure that once it's in a tank, it's there to stay in one way shape or form. I'd love to hear a counter example, though!

Sounds sort of like duckweed...

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Originally Posted by PinkRasbora
Sounds sort of like duckweed...

Except duckweed doesn't try to take your substrate with it as a parting gift!!!

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Just as general info, our vesicularia mosses (X-mas,erect,singapore) never really attach themselves well, and need to be permanently tied down. These mosses actually grow emersed most of the time in the wild.

Taxiphyllum sp. (Java/peacock/taiwan/spiky) do attach themselves, though out of these nothing attaches itself as well as Java. Supposedly the rhizome-like structures of the other taxiphyllums are not as strong.

Not sure about fissidens, but they should attach (notice the root-like structures, right?

Basically, the majority of aquarium bryophytes (mosses and liverworts) never attach themselves and should be tied down.

As to the PITA of moss maintenance . . . try having 5+ moss species in a tank AND trying to keep them in order. Now THERE'S A PITA!!!

I agree with Buck though, Mosses are just beautiful, and look great in quite a few scapes.
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