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jkan0228 02-10-2013 06:37 AM

Compact moss growth without CO2/Ferts?
Is this possible? I have some fissidens in a tank without CO2 or Fertilizer and the growth is a lot more stringy and loose than the growth in my main tank with CO2 and ferts.

Could this be achieved with short periods of high light?

sapphoqueen 02-10-2013 08:55 AM

i try it with some more cuts but still no results :D

acitydweller 02-10-2013 10:20 AM

Ive managed to get some dense moas growth with high light and a lot of water flow with fish, shrimp and snails fed twice daily.

jkan0228 03-03-2013 11:25 PM


Originally Posted by acitydweller (Post 2497338)
Ive managed to get some dense moas growth with high light and a lot of water flow with fish, shrimp and snails fed twice daily.

So would you say higher nitrates and phosphates would help out?

toksyn 03-04-2013 01:04 AM

For what it's worth, I had a small (softball) sized clump of java moss in one of my tanks lit with a halogen floor lamp. It grew to a monstrous size, staying very thick and bushy, without any fertilizers, CO2, or inhabitants for that matter. It is positioned near the top of the tank and receives a lot of light + flow.

I never liked java moss because it always looked ratty to me, but I'm going to be hard pressed to get rid of this clump.

acitydweller 03-04-2013 01:17 AM

well in contrast, i used NPK in the 8-8-7 forumulation to get some really dark green moss growth coming out of some semi-dead brown moss sitting in stagnant water in a container.

I reckon if you used this formulation, or something similar long with currrent to increase the update of the ferts, along with high light, i growth would be more profound than what i had.

Otherwise, i just dose pps pro in my community tank with moss cramed in places to get some really dense growth in a matter of weeks. no co2 involved, though i would imagine that would help as well.

sarahspins 03-04-2013 01:20 AM

I've found that trimming any moss helps it grow more densely/compactly - it tends to branch more from the cuts than it would on it's own.

The densest growth I've had though was when the manzanita branch in my shrimp tank got shifted and part of the moss tied to it was above but still touching the water for a while.. that stuff grew insanely thick, but I also wonder if it wasn't because it was suddenly closer to the lights as well.

ThatGuyWithTheFish 03-04-2013 02:36 AM

The only difference I've seen is in growth rate. I think the best thing is to attach it densely at first, don't be stingy with it.

herns 03-04-2013 02:50 AM

Moss should trim often. The thicker they grow the less light penetrates at the bottom. They will detached overtime if they dont get thinned out.

I grow moss on a moss wall and I always redo at least once a year to have good growth.

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