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Old 03-30-2012, 01:46 AM   #1
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flame moss as a carpet??


Could one use flame moss as a carpet in a low tech tank? Good idea/bad idea?
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Old 03-30-2012, 02:10 AM   #2
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I don't see why not. It grows upwards so it would be perfect.
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:03 AM   #3
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I'm doing a dry start right now in a bowl with 1/2 carpet being flame moss. It seems to be doing decently and attached itself firmly to my substrate, I'll be filling in another 2-3 weeks and we'll see.
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:19 AM   #4
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Thanks. I was going to just put some tiles with screen or something like that.
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:09 AM   #5
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We made about half a 40 breeder into a xmas moss hill - we used paper clips with thread between them to hold the moss down until it attached...you can also just open a paper clip up straight to hold a pretty large chunk down. You should try it, worked really well for us. You can check out my journal if you're interested.
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:16 AM   #6
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Should be easy to do. Just use steel mesh or slate. Though I'd be worried about the amount of debris that collects on the moss.
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Old 03-30-2012, 02:03 PM   #7
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This sounds like a good excuse to have hundreds of shrimp.

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Should be easy to do. Just use steel mesh or slate. Though I'd be worried about the amount of debris that collects on the moss.
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Old 03-30-2012, 02:33 PM   #8
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Yeah I agree you could probably keep cherry shrimp with even larger fish with a carpet like that. The babies would never get seen in that thick of a carpet.
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Old 03-30-2012, 04:49 PM   #9
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Thanks for the tips and input. I'm still trying to figure out what the best way to make my tank look pretty is. Here's a picture. The driftwood is nice but the rest is disgusting. :/

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Old 03-30-2012, 04:53 PM   #10
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I do it in my Fluval Spec. I have a few small round rocks and I tie the flame moss to them. It looks pretty good, but you have to keep it trimmed.
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Not disgusting at all!

You could move the taller plants to the rear of the tank, attach all of the Anubias to the wood or line the base of the wood with them.

Then, once a thicker carpet grows in and you trim things up, it'll be really attractive.

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Old 03-30-2012, 05:33 PM   #12
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Thanks for the suggestions somewhatshocked! I really appreciate them. This is my first tank and it's been a lot of trial and error.
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Old 04-01-2012, 03:01 PM   #13
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Thanks for the suggestions somewhatshocked! I really appreciate them. This is my first tank and it's been a lot of trial and error.



I find that's the best way to learn is trial and error.
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