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Old 02-07-2013, 09:17 AM   #1
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HANdS: MRU (Moss Recovery Unit)




Some moss and driftwood in water. Most of it recovering from a harsh bleach dip.

Taxiphyllum Barbieri ("Java moss")
Taxiphyllum sp. "Peacock moss"
Vesicularia Montagnei ("Mini xmas")
Fissidens Fontanus
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:33 PM   #2
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for some reason i'm really glad I saw this. I think its because im waiting patiently for my own moss to grow and seeing a large pile of moss is cathartic. thanks.
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:03 PM   #3
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Add a few drops of fert macros to the tank. Mosses respond very well to this.

I've managed to get some really dark green growth out of browned moss this way.
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Add a few drops of fert macros to the tank. Mosses respond very well to this.

I've managed to get some really dark green growth out of browned moss this way.
Thanks, I did this. I also transferred a bunch of java moss out of another tank, so now there are 4 mossy divided sections. I need to get them attached to some SS mesh or something, so that I can remove the glass dividers and allow some flow in there.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:08 AM   #5
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Mini update:

The peacock moss, java moss, and willow moss are all doing fine. The mini-fissidens took a HUGE hit from the bleach dip and is like 95% brown. I see some new green growth though, so I think it will bounce back.

I need to find a properly-sized light for this tank. The 10" fugeray I have on it right now isn't cutting it.
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Nice dedicated moss tank.
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You can see the wanton destruction of bleach on moss:
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:40 AM   #8
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This tank had a few upgrades in the past two weeks - added a small 7.5w heater to take the chill off the water, installed a Beamswork 18" LED fixture (~30 PAR at the surface).

Here is the tank (top one) - the bottom two tanks are some experimental emersed stuff:


The fissidens is still barely recovered, but I have a nice healthy 2x2 bunch from nyxkitten thanks to his recent RAOK:


Some other mosses (java, peacock, and ?)


Top shot showing the new light fixture:
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There's also some subwassertang in the back corner that I found hiding under my driftwood in the large tank...
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Looking good. i find having some current in the water helps the moss grow quicker.
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Not much to report here. I have some hair algae that cropped up recently on the peacock moss - thinking about buying some amano shrimp to help with that. Might need to lower the photo period too.

I also somehow ended up with snails in there, but whatever.
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:54 AM   #12
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I added a Marimo ball and a beautiful red Betta to this tank. Ill try to post updated pictures soon.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:41 AM   #13
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Better late than never on the pictures -- tank is a little messy and has some algae growth I need to get under control.

I think all the thread I used to tie mosses down has started dissolving, because lately nothing will stay put!

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Fishing line solved my thread-dissolving problem. When I had moss (RIP), I'd wrap the fishing line around the driftwood 2-3 times and knot it up. The moss stayed put and grew over the line without problems.
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Good to know, thanks! I think eventually I'll want to use rocks/driftwood instead of the stainless steel mesh.
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