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Old 04-29-2013, 05:08 AM   #1
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So, when I started the most recent tank revision, I had a lovely crop of mixed moss.



Over time, my tank started to grow beautifully. But I noticed something. The moss, unlike its friends, was beginning to go brown.



When I picked it up, it was a terrible, bristly mat with no tiny fronds. Most of the soft growth had vanished.

It eventually looked so terrible that I got rid of it altogether.



So what happened, you might ask? I can give you a list:
Three long-fin rams
Three hybrid molly/platties
Three of the laziest algae eaters this side of a fishtank.

They turned my lovely moss into a *$)@&$!)& salad bar. I don't know what convinced them to go into moss-eating overdrive. There's certainly algae all over the place to eat. There are lots of other plants, as well. But no, the soft and tasty moss was the best thing to munch on. Now, my favorite plant (moss), is no more.
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:44 AM   #2
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Most of the mosses like it cooler than most people keep a tropical tank.

Also, mollies and platies don't hybridize as far as I know. Mollies and guppies may, swords and platies may... As far as I know... Are they just balloon mollies?
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:26 AM   #3
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Most of the mosses like it cooler than most people keep a tropical tank.

Also, mollies and platies don't hybridize as far as I know. Mollies and guppies may, swords and platies may... As far as I know... Are they just balloon mollies?
There was a black molly dad and mom who produced a lot of baby black mollies, who eventually got sold. It's possible that the white platies sold to me were actually mollies, in which case, they're just cute, home-grown dalmation mollies. Balloon mollies are horrible! I wouldn't ever have them.

The tank is room temperature, so 72-76 degrees. Even though I put in a brighter light, the bottom of the tank stayed relatively cold. The main thing that pushed it over, I think, was the addition of the rams.
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The addition of a fish species shouldn't cause a plant species to die away.

Mosses for me like to bush up and fall apart... Just a natural cycle imo.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:39 AM   #5
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I'm sorry about your moss. I have lots of plants in my home and I am always sad if one of them dies.

As far as your algae eaters, if they are the regular chinese algae eater they probably aren't eating much algae. I think the name is a unfortunate misnomer.
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Did you overdose excel?
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:44 AM   #7
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Did you overdose excel?
No, I'm actually pretty bad about dosing it.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:11 PM   #8
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Paragon I am having the same issue with some Flame Moss that I recently purchased on this site.

I bought Java and Flame. The Java is growing wonderfully with lots of visible new growth. The Flame is turning brown from the algae and no visible new growth. I'm not sure what to do.

I do have my tank running around 78-80F because I have a Gold Ram. Is the temperature my main cause? Does the moss have an acclimation time like most other plants?
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:01 AM   #9
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Yeah +1 on the cooler temps. My christmas moss goes to mush if it gets too warm. I have a ton of it if you want some lol.
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when I was cycling my tank I jacked the temp to 90 (fishless cycle). This caused the java and flame moss to turn brown and melt off pretty badly. I left it in there because that moss sure was expensive and sure enough it came back after a month and has to rip it out to trim it.
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