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Old 08-30-2012, 06:18 AM   #1
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Need help on reviving my Java Moss (ashamed)


I've managed to kill something as simple as Java Moss and I need tips/help on trying to reviving it.

I think the reason it turned yellowish is because the light was left on for 3 days straight 24/7 ...

What should I do? I've toned down the amount of light it gets so it could "rest" but I don't know if what I'm doing is the right thing. I don't want to deprive it from light after giving it such an excess of it.

All I've done so far was dose seachem flourish comprehensive hoping that it'll make a comeback. I dosed a lot more than the recommended in hopes that it'll work its magic.

Pretty much my questions are:

1. is there any such thing as overdosing seachem flourish? should I dose according to the bottle or should I be generous so I can give my Java Moss a boost.

2. how long should I run my lights on for? for the future and for my current situation.

3. this tank I have right now is going to be a CRS breeding tank (meaning I'll be using RO to only to change water). Is the nutrients provided by seachem flourish enough for my java moss? or should I do a mix of tap water for macro nutrients.

As for now, I'll probably do a WC tomorrow with tap.

Thanks for reading and replies are appreciated.



Does my moss have a fighting chance?
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:44 AM   #2
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Thats weird. Light wont kill moss. Just makes it grow and get algaefied

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Old 08-30-2012, 09:24 AM   #3
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leaving the light on wont turn your java moss yellow. Looks like it didnt like something in the water?
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:03 AM   #4
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It might be too close to the heater....
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:05 PM   #5
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Hmmmmm... light wasn't the problem then? I guess I should turn the lights on normally again.

I guess I'll move the heater a bit higher (it's only set at 72F though). But, do you guys think my moss will make a come back? or is it at the point of no return... ):

p.s: should I keep dosing seachem flourish generously and do a weekly water change of tap water? or just play the waiting game.
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:10 PM   #6
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Seachem Flourish is just micros. Your moss needs some macros.
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:26 PM   #7
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I guess I'll be using my tap water as a source of macros. Probably going to need to look for something that has macros in it to dose with my RO... since I'll be doing a very small mix of tap water with RO (so it probably won't be enough).

What do you guys recommend as a macro-nutrient supplement? Maybe this is why my java moss is turning yellow too...
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:46 PM   #8
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You can either order dry-ferts or use the premixed stuff. Personally, I use Rootmedic in my low-tech tanks.
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:58 PM   #9
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From too much light my java get only algae ))) LOL
yours looks burned from some chemicals or soo ...like melted or so
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I guess it MIGHT be the heater... I don't put any chemicals in there ):
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are you using excel at all? it kills java like crazy
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Old 08-31-2012, 01:27 AM   #12
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I use excel to kill off Blackbeard algae all the time and i have never melted java moss. Moss in general prefers a cooler water temperature I have 12 tanks full of every known available moss and it grows like weeds with the exception of my mini rose moss which is still acclimating to my tank.
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I think your lighting killed it off. Leaving your light on for 3 days straight could do that. Just give it time and proper rest, photoperiod back to the regular. If you keep trying to change your conditions trying to restore it (ie inconsistent water changes, big fert dosage), its more likely to die off trying to adapt back.
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You know you can't just use pure RO water without re adding the minerals back, right?

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Old 09-03-2012, 05:19 AM   #15
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All I've done recently is:

- move the heater near the top of the tank
- add an API root tab (for macro nutrients)
- dose seachem flourish comprehensive (for micro nutrients)
- initiate weekly water changes
- and leave lights on for 10-12 hours a day

doesn't seem like the moss is doing any better... but I guess more time needs to pass.
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