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efface 08-27-2012 09:46 PM

Ridding pond of java moss
 
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Some how I got java moss in my pond this year and it has been a real chore removing it. I have tons of plants so I can't poison the water. No fish.

I am wondering if a possible solution is to put black plastic down over all the water while keeping the plants out of. I assume enough time of this would kill everything in there but I am not sure if spores would still be able to grow after removing the covering.

Any thoughts?

Included a shot of my water feature for your viewing pleasure.
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caykuu 08-27-2012 10:18 PM

I apologize if I misunderstood your question, but if you mean you want to kill all of the java moss, putting a black plastic over the water won't do it. Java moss can survive and still grow in almost pitch black.

I don't know what chemical will kill the moss though. Hope someone will chime in. :P

jake10 08-27-2012 10:59 PM

could you ship a large clump to me? i will pay shipping

Diana 08-28-2012 01:26 AM

You can probably keep it under control, but not kill it by any of several means:
First of all, is it really Java Moss, not one of the stringy algae?
Remove existing plants and drain the pond. When the JM has dried, rake it out.
Remove it in as large a mass as you can and sell it (RAOK, send it out if someone (Jake) will just cover the postage, but in warm weather send it Next Day, not slower)
Remove it in as large a mass as you can and take it to the local fish stores (I know there are many in Sacramento) for a little credit.
Remove the good plants and overdose with salt. (It takes quite a bit to kill JM). You will then have to drain the pond, scrape out most of the moss, rinse the pond pretty well, then refill. The trace of salt remaining is not a problem for the plants.

efface 08-28-2012 09:54 PM

Oh boy that sounds like a chore!

Sorry Jake not interested in the chore of shipping, it takes a lot for me to go there even to pick up a package for myself!

Diana 08-29-2012 01:21 AM

Does it survive the winter? I have not tried over wintering it outside. Maybe it will just die off when the pond gets cold enough.

Villarreal 09-10-2012 07:02 PM

why dont you attach it to some DW pieces you can control it like that as well as sell pieces or RAOK them

Diana 09-11-2012 01:30 AM

In the pond it attaches all by itself to all the rocks and everything in the pond. Almost like a weed. It does sound like a good grow out area if efface was interested in marketing it.


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