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UV flashlights are great for rock hounds and night time insect collectors.
Hm. Well, as a matter of fact, I've been known to do both. But I've never used a UV flashlight in the process, so now I can revisit those activities with higher tech. I suppose one uses it to look for birefringence or something like fluoresence in mineral crystals, and I'm not sure what with the bugs... as an attractant, against a white sheet?? You can use them to look for dog pee on your rugs, I know that.
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How long are your lights on a day? It doesn't look like you have a problem with hair algae. I always seem to get hair algae when I add to many leaves.
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What kind of moss is that in your black tiger tank? It looks really nice!
I don't know! It looks a lot like shubbery to me, and sort of similar to Taiwan/Christmas, but grows upright. Here is a better shot, perhaps somebody out there could ID it for us?

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How long are your lights on a day? It doesn't look like you have a problem with hair algae. I always seem to get hair algae when I add to many leaves.
Hm, well, as usual, there's a complex answer to this. Each rack is on a timer about 12 hours, but the racks themselves are staggered so as to simulate dawn and dusk, so the racks on the whole are in total darkness about 10 hours.

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Hm. Well, as a matter of fact, I've been known to do both. But I've never used a UV flashlight in the process, so now I can revisit those activities with higher tech. I suppose one uses it to look for birefringence or something like fluoresence in mineral crystals, and I'm not sure what with the bugs... as an attractant, against a white sheet?? You can use them to look for dog pee on your rugs, I know that.
A lot of people here in the desert use them to find scorpions. The glow really bright under uv light
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I don't know! It looks a lot like shubbery to me, and sort of similar to Taiwan/Christmas, but grows upright. Here is a better shot, perhaps somebody out there could ID it for us?



Hm, well, as usual, there's a complex answer to this. Each rack is on a timer about 12 hours, but the racks themselves are staggered so as to simulate dawn and dusk, so the racks on the whole are in total darkness about 10 hours.
Is that pearling I see? Nice moss, hopefully someone can figure out what it is.
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That looks like stringy moss to my eyes.
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DK I didn't know you had such a setup going with so many great projects. I wish I wasn't in a dorm these days so I could do this at home but I can't. Funny enough I also have the start of an orange RCS strain but not without red, my goal is a mix of deep red/purple in females and orange with red striped males. They're back in RI though so I'm hoping they're still going well and producing babies for me. When I left I had a dozen berried RCS. If you want some to play with, when I'm back for spring break I'll send you some, I think you might be able to have fun with the strain. (these aren't for sale to anyone else reading this nor available, sorry)

The moss isn't erect moss or stringy moss. It is probably Taiwan moss as you suspected. Another close guess with christmas moss but I think it is Taiwan moss, the fronds aren't as crinkly as they would be on christmas moss.

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I don't think it's Taiwan moss, which resembles Christmas moss in form. I think Taiwan moss is more symmetrical left and right, and the tip SLIGHTLY goes upward. Definitely not the whole thing going up.
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...my goal is a mix of deep red/purple in females and orange with red striped males.
Can you post a picture to show what you mean by striped males? I've never seen stripes on cherry males.

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Here are some more shrimp-y mosses.

First is my favorite; I think it's peacock moss. It looks in pictures like Taiwan/Xmas, but it is a finer texture. I love this moss.

Second is I think stringy moss, in the yellows tank. It has a coarse, pointy texture and seems to grow upright for me. What else could it be if it's not stringy moss?

Third is flame in the background, java in the foreground, taken through very dirty glass in the Sakura tank. I need to yank the java, but haven't the heart, as those guys love to graze on top, and shrimp call the shots at my house, second only to the German Shepherds.

Fourth I think may be weeping moss. I've had it before in a properly planted tank and it looked different than this, but it was enhanced with juiced water and CO2 in that tank, whereas in this tank it ran with nothing but water for the past few months as the tank got cycled. I swear it is draping on me like weeping moss, and I had bought some a year or so ago that I threw into a tank and decided I was scammed.

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very nice moss!

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Wow! I love all the moss.
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A few more pictures.

Black tiger mama.

Red tiger babies. Now I know why I think there's nothing in that tank... they are nearly invisible to see.

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... the racks themselves are staggered so as to simulate dawn and dusk, so the racks on the whole are in total darkness about 10 hours.
Can you explain what you mean by staggered? And is it necessary to simulate dawn/dusk with these shrimp?
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Black tiger momma = sexy sexy
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Does it grow like crazy with bright light? I have the same stuff, pretty sure it's erect moss.
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