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seachem nitrogen for mosses? anyone?

I've got a 6gallon tank that I'm using mainly to grow a carpet of java and christmas moss (I believe it's christmas moss). I have a pressurized co2 setup and run leds and an additional 10W light. Once I switched to pressurized, my moss growth really started to take off, and I could see that my moss was establishing itself. However, I'm noticing what I believe to be a nutrient deficiency in the tank. Now that my moss has begun to establish itself, it seems to have soaked up any available nitrates. When I tested my nitrate levels this morning before the lights were turned on, the test read that they were near 0. Before the pressurized setup, they were roughly 25ppm or so, but at that point, the moss was not growing.

However, now that moss is growing, it's green color is fading and does not look as hardy as I know it can. I'm guessing it needs more nutrients, especially macros.

My lighting period is roughly 9.5 hours.

I haven't added any ferts to the tank. The inhabitants are currently 6 neons and one amano shrimp. I think that if I increase feedings, I will be just adding phosphates to the water and will get algae.

Any thoughts on what to do to increase nutrients for the moss? Has anyone had success dosing seachem nitrogen? I've been reading up on the product and think that it could be a nice addition since it adds "nitrogen in the nitrate form and the plant-preffered ammonium form." (according to its packaging).

Or should I go with dosing just KNO3?

Or...any other suggestions for getting the moss to really flourish would be much appreciated.

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Hey, I've been growing java moss for about a year now and flame, christmas moss for 6 months.

I have Very VERY healthy Java moss growing in a 12 Gal I've had established for almost a year.

Right now its SERIOUSLY over stocked. I have 14 Priestella tetras and 3 Yoyo's all about 2 inches in length..(Math = 20 inches of fish for a 12 Gal, eep!) Its an eclipse so it has the regular bio-wheel/blue bed combo for a filter.

It seems for best results for my moss. I thin it out when it starts to 'clump' up. (more dense than roughly an inch)
I have it under a "plant gro" light (15 watt) and its roughly located about 3-5 inches from the actual light tube

Grows fairly quickly for me, I've kept almost all the moss I've grown in a year and I have enough to fill half of a 20 gallon tank.

Anyway thats my story with it. Give'r a whirl and you'll be growin plenty of java moss in no time.

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Hey, I've been growing java moss for about a year now and flame, christmas moss for 6 months.

I have Very VERY healthy Java moss growing in a 12 Gal I've had established for almost a year.

Right now its SERIOUSLY over stocked. I have 14 Priestella tetras and 3 Yoyo's all about 2 inches in length..(Math = 20 inches of fish for a 12 Gal, eep!) Its an eclipse so it has the regular bio-wheel/blue bed combo for a filter.

It seems for best results for my moss. I thin it out when it starts to 'clump' up. (more dense than roughly an inch)
I have it under a "plant gro" light (15 watt) and its roughly located about 3-5 inches from the actual light tube

Grows fairly quickly for me, I've kept almost all the moss I've grown in a year and I have enough to fill half of a 20 gallon tank.

Anyway thats my story with it. Give'r a whirl and you'll be growin plenty of java moss in no time.

Cheers.
Matt
thanks for your input. Any thoughts on the original post?

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added .3ml seachem nitrogen last night. Nitrate levels are now roughly 15ppm. Happy with the results...we'll see what happens next

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