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ShadowBeast 08-22-2012 03:15 AM

What can I do with moss?
 
I want to try flame moss and christmas moss but I don't know what ways to plant moss other then to tie them to driftwood/rocks or just toss it in the tank, which doesn't come out right.
I was thinking maybe trying carpet it but I don't know how.
Does anyone have any suggestions?

Axelrodi202 08-22-2012 03:35 AM

In my 15 gallon tank, I kind of left the tank alone for a few months and when I got around to thinning out the other plants, I found that the non-substantial amount of moss that was in the tank before had carpeted most of the tank. Now I maintain the carpet by spreading out the moss evenly over the surface I want it to carpet (I use my hands to spread out the clumps of moss that form). I would guess you could create a carpet by getting a good amount of moss to start with and spreading it out over the substrate you want to be carpeted.

The moss in my tank is a mix of java and christmas moss. If you want a carpet, I don't think flame moss would be a good option, considering its vertical growth pattern.

eco 08-22-2012 03:58 AM

Attach the moss to a stainless steal mesh. Measure the area that you want carpeted and have the mesh custom cut to fit your desired area. pm me for supplies!

diwu13 08-22-2012 04:36 AM

You can make moss walls:
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...22592260_n.jpg

or moss weird shapes:
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...80362073_n.jpg

Or moss tiles using SS mesh as eco stated.

ShadowBeast 08-22-2012 10:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Axelrodi202 (Post 1986886)
In my 15 gallon tank, I kind of left the tank alone for a few months and when I got around to thinning out the other plants, I found that the non-substantial amount of moss that was in the tank before had carpeted most of the tank. Now I maintain the carpet by spreading out the moss evenly over the surface I want it to carpet (I use my hands to spread out the clumps of moss that form). I would guess you could create a carpet by getting a good amount of moss to start with and spreading it out over the substrate you want to be carpeted.

The moss in my tank is a mix of java and christmas moss. If you want a carpet, I don't think flame moss would be a good option, considering its vertical growth pattern.

I read about flame moss's vertical growing, that i'll try tying to driftwood. I'm thinking about getting riccia too since I saw a photo of the stuff looking lumpy like a moss ball.
Thanks for the advice.

Quote:

Originally Posted by eco (Post 1986914)
Attach the moss to a stainless steal mesh. Measure the area that you want carpeted and have the mesh custom cut to fit your desired area. pm me for supplies!

I've seen those on ebay it's a shame I haven't seen the plastic ones anymore.

Quote:

Originally Posted by diwu13 (Post 1986954)
You can make moss walls:
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...22592260_n.jpg

or moss weird shapes:
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...80362073_n.jpg

Or moss tiles using SS mesh as eco stated.

those look pretty good I'm using a blue background, but a partial moss wall would look good.

EROD714 08-22-2012 10:26 PM

Stainless steal mesh woulndt hurt the tank Balance .. It would it rust in acidic water...

ShadowBeast 08-23-2012 12:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EROD714 (Post 1987682)
Stainless steal mesh woulndt hurt the tank Balance .. It would it rust in acidic water...

WIlll rust harm the fish/shrimp?
I'm worried about using stainless steal because from what i've checked it's water resistance isn't forever.

diwu13 08-23-2012 01:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EROD714 (Post 1987682)
Stainless steal mesh woulndt hurt the tank Balance .. It would it rust in acidic water...

Stainless steel will not rust in a freshwater tank.

Quote:

Originally Posted by ShadowBeast (Post 1987798)
WIlll rust harm the fish/shrimp?
I'm worried about using stainless steal because from what i've checked it's water resistance isn't forever.

Rust however, will hurt the inhabitants in the tank. My friend tried to use stainless steel in a saltwater tank, not a good idea at all.

ShadowBeast 08-23-2012 01:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by diwu13 (Post 1987868)
Stainless steel will not rust in a freshwater tank.



Rust however, will hurt the inhabitants in the tank. My friend tried to use stainless steel in a saltwater tank, not a good idea at all.

Makes me glad I don't have any saltwater tanks.
Though I'm thinking of using the plastic mesh from my tank divider.

Dugsul808 08-27-2012 10:47 AM

You can make a moss carpet. I used 2 screens and sewed the moss in between the screen😝. It grew 1/2 in a week

ShadowBeast 08-27-2012 10:49 PM

Will moss or riccia stick to ceramic?
I got these ceramic stones for my catfish.

jkan0228 08-27-2012 11:40 PM

Yes they will stick to ceramic

ShadowBeast 08-28-2012 12:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jkan0228 (Post 1993109)
Yes they will stick to ceramic

Fantastic, thanks^^

brasseagle6 09-14-2012 01:42 AM

walmart and hobby lobby have plastic mesh and it is a dollar or so for a paper sized piece


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