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Old 10-14-2012, 02:17 PM   #1
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What's the best way to propagate moss?


I'm getting ready to start a shrimp tank in the near future and wanted to start growing different types of moss. What's the best way to do this?
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There's not a "best" way to grow moss.

You can drop it into your tank in clumps, attach it to driftwood, attach it to rocks, tie it to plastic mesh, et al.
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Old 10-14-2012, 03:01 PM   #3
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Before buying moss check details such as amt.of lighting required, PH,KH,GH, temp.,co2,etc..

I have abt.16-17 types of mosses.
Personal experience willow moss was turning black, looking bad (dying) other mosses on the other hand were growing well. After checking on an int'l forum I came to know that this specific moss requires very cool temp.18-22 degrees can survive upto to 25 degrees n light needs 0.5 w/l minimum, CO2 n ferts are optional.

After doing the necessary changes (moved the moss into a planted aquarium with chiller temp.23-24 degrees, co2 n good lighting 0.8 w/l) within a week I saw +ve signs, green colored baby leaves, the moss came back to life n now its doing just fine.

Java n Flame moss are the strongest and quick growing mosses.
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Not sure what you are trying to do, but here is a thread on propagation.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=193179
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I'm getting ready to start a shrimp tank in the near future and wanted to start growing different types of moss. What's the best way to do this?
Hello Green...

I keep Singapore moss and attach it to pieces of of driftwood I find locally. I just cut some off my main plant and attach it to the wood piece with black sewing thread. The moss grows into the cracks in the wood and eventally, the thread dissolves. I like to float the driftwood in my tanks. It's a lot easier than trying to weigh the wood down in the tank and moss grows much better in stronger light.

Just a couple of thoughts.

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Willow Moss needs cooler water, yes, but does well in most tanks without heaters. I wouldn't worry too much about it.

Hardness and such also doesn't really matter with most mosses. Nor does lighting. As long as there's low light, your moss will grow. (Watts per gallon/watts per liter also is not an effective way to measure lighting in aquaria with modern fixtures)
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