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Old 08-27-2013, 09:20 PM   #16
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I agree that once it attaches to something it gets better. Also, trimming will help it be not so scraggly. But if you want a nice compact looking moss, java moss is probably not it.

Ferts will help, excel spot treatments for algae problems and whatever light is growing other plants.
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Old 08-27-2013, 09:30 PM   #17
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moss can be difficult, it thrives in one high light co2 tank, and in another grows only algae.....it's puzzling

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my fish store grows them with no trouble. Their secret is low lighting and ignoring it.
I think there may be something to ignoring it, long term stability and moss seem to go together, although trimming it has stimulated some growth for me.

It seems to be a real dirt magnet, trimming and blowing it out w/ powerhead helps. I use a large diameter hose for wc, so there is a lot of suction power, then I go over all the moss tied to dw.

I try to shade it as much as possible with other plants, I think this stuff could grow in the dark.

Also there may well be a connection with temperature, I've read 70-74 is a good temp for moss, but not sure
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Old 09-01-2013, 10:31 PM   #18
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I've never really had any good experiences with java moss
in lower temperature, low light, java moss will grow greener color and lush if you add some fertilizer.
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Old 09-01-2013, 11:22 PM   #19
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Mine grows green and lush floating on top of the water.
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I fail at growing moss too. I've got some really nice fist fulls from members here that were super lush and green and it just fades away in my tank. I'm low light, little to no ferts and it never sits in direct sunlight. I have also noticed it attracts dirt. Could that be part of the problem?
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