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Old 02-10-2013, 07:31 PM   #1
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Xmass moss turining brown and thinning out


I have a 10G planted RCS tank with about 40-50 RCS and 4 Otto's.
The tank is about 8-9 months old.
Filtration is a Marineland C-160 and a dual sponge filter.
2 9W CFL's, no CO2, 8hrs of light a day, (4on,2off,4on)
I have minimal algae, enough to keep the Otto's busy.
The tank is mostly Java ferns which are doing great and xmas moss.
The xmas moss was thriving, full and green, and then all of a sudden starting browning at the bottom and thinning out.
I dose 0.5ml of Flourish Comp twice a week.
I do a weekly water change of 20-30% with 100% RO water + RO right. I do top offs with staight RO water.
All the other plants are doing great.

I was not trimmimg the moss, should I be keeping it short and trimmimg the moss?

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-10-2013, 07:52 PM   #2
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Mosses don't turn brown unless in high temps, shading for long durations, stagnant water, or lack of nutrients... Otherwise it's pretty non fussy. How long are the moss reaching as I notice when my bunches get overgrown, the portions underneath tend to brown a bit, maybe dur to crushing or lack of light and water current...
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I know ferrous sulfate is used to kill terrestrial moss... How much iron are you dosing?
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Temps haven't changed since the setup, so I can rule that out- they were doing great.
There is a fair amount of current, which also has not changed.
The Moss is receiving the same amount of light, it is along the front of the tank.
I suspect maybe nutrients, but the other plants are thriving.... ?
The moss was about 3 inches total length.
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I know ferrous sulfate is used to kill terrestrial moss... How much iron are you dosing?
0.5 ml of Flourish Comp 2X a week. Nothing else.
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My experiece with moss is that when it gets too thick it starts dieing off on the bottom. I usually diacard the lower portions and thin out the rest.
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