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l8nite 02-07-2013 08:17 AM

HANdS: MRU (Moss Recovery Unit)
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Some moss and driftwood in water. Most of it recovering from a harsh bleach dip.

Taxiphyllum Barbieri ("Java moss")
Taxiphyllum sp. "Peacock moss"
Vesicularia Montagnei ("Mini xmas")
Fissidens Fontanus

uberape 02-07-2013 01:33 PM

for some reason i'm really glad I saw this. I think its because im waiting patiently for my own moss to grow and seeing a large pile of moss is cathartic. thanks.

acitydweller 02-07-2013 02:03 PM

Add a few drops of fert macros to the tank. Mosses respond very well to this.

I've managed to get some really dark green growth out of browned moss this way.

l8nite 02-09-2013 04:15 AM


Originally Posted by acitydweller (Post 2469618)
Add a few drops of fert macros to the tank. Mosses respond very well to this.

I've managed to get some really dark green growth out of browned moss this way.

Thanks, I did this. I also transferred a bunch of java moss out of another tank, so now there are 4 mossy divided sections. I need to get them attached to some SS mesh or something, so that I can remove the glass dividers and allow some flow in there.

l8nite 02-14-2013 10:08 AM

Mini update:

The peacock moss, java moss, and willow moss are all doing fine. The mini-fissidens took a HUGE hit from the bleach dip and is like 95% brown. I see some new green growth though, so I think it will bounce back.

I need to find a properly-sized light for this tank. The 10" fugeray I have on it right now isn't cutting it.

GMYukonon24s 02-14-2013 04:25 PM

Nice dedicated moss tank.

l8nite 02-15-2013 12:47 AM

You can see the wanton destruction of bleach on moss:

l8nite 02-25-2013 08:40 AM

This tank had a few upgrades in the past two weeks - added a small 7.5w heater to take the chill off the water, installed a Beamswork 18" LED fixture (~30 PAR at the surface).

Here is the tank (top one) - the bottom two tanks are some experimental emersed stuff:

The fissidens is still barely recovered, but I have a nice healthy 2x2 bunch from nyxkitten thanks to his recent RAOK:

Some other mosses (java, peacock, and ?)

Top shot showing the new light fixture:

l8nite 02-25-2013 08:45 AM

There's also some subwassertang in the back corner that I found hiding under my driftwood in the large tank...

acitydweller 02-25-2013 01:30 PM

Looking good. i find having some current in the water helps the moss grow quicker.

l8nite 03-16-2013 09:28 AM

Not much to report here. I have some hair algae that cropped up recently on the peacock moss - thinking about buying some amano shrimp to help with that. Might need to lower the photo period too.

I also somehow ended up with snails in there, but whatever.

l8nite 04-09-2013 06:54 AM

HANdS: MRU (Moss Recovery Unit)
I added a Marimo ball and a beautiful red Betta to this tank. Ill try to post updated pictures soon.

l8nite 04-29-2013 06:41 AM

Better late than never on the pictures -- tank is a little messy and has some algae growth I need to get under control.

I think all the thread I used to tie mosses down has started dissolving, because lately nothing will stay put!

Paragon 04-29-2013 06:50 AM

Fishing line solved my thread-dissolving problem. When I had moss (RIP), I'd wrap the fishing line around the driftwood 2-3 times and knot it up. The moss stayed put and grew over the line without problems.

l8nite 04-29-2013 06:54 AM

Good to know, thanks! I think eventually I'll want to use rocks/driftwood instead of the stainless steel mesh.

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