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Kinection 12-12-2012 11:46 PM

Marimo Carpet?
Marimo carpet or christmas moss? I really like marimo carpets
because they are really thick, but do they grow as fast as moss? Or can the
x-mas moss grow into a thick form like marimos?

FriendsNotFood 12-13-2012 01:17 AM

Marimos lie flat but they never truly attach to anything. So your best bet would be to spread them out and glue them to mesh/rocks. They grow really slowly. They also tend to collect and show a LOT of debris. They look great in pics but in reality they're a pain in the butt in my experience.

Xmas moss will grow a lot faster but will also be a LOT taller/bushier than marimos. It will only work well as a carpet in a bigger tank IMO. Mini x-mass moss is tall enough to make up the midground in my 3.4 gallon nano.

You could also try fissidens/mini fissidens on mesh.

Kinection 12-13-2012 04:11 AM

I'll go with moss then, but the
moss will be flat if I trim it right?

inthepacific 12-13-2012 05:33 AM

you should look into fissidens they look really nice but grow slow. and in my opinion, christmas moss is better on drift wood since it kind of grows in sheets. but it still works on rocks. but id suggest taiwan moss as it grows a bit faster and looks about the same.

Kinection 12-13-2012 05:39 AM

I would try those, but I can't order online, and
I don't think my LFS carries those plants. :/

FriendsNotFood 12-13-2012 06:56 AM

If you don't mind making the long drive, there's a store called Nature Aquarium in Santa Monica that I think has fissidens. Also a store called CK Fishworld in West Covina.

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