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Dosing for Mosses (java,flame,taiwan,etc) @ the office with no fish/shrimp

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I keep random plants in the office and mostly add fertizer sticks every few months. My desk gets approximately 3 hours of direct sunlight in the morning and indirect the remainder of the day.

There's a plastic cup holding a portion of java moss from home. The moss is starting to look dull sitting in distilled water from our vending machine and likely lacking nutrients. Read that dosing Micros and Iron greatly help mosses...

Short of adding a betta to the container, I want find out what my options are to spruce it back up again. I have Seachem Excel, root tabs and osmocote available at home. Would any of these work? Is there something that ought be more targeted like potassium nitrate or some form of nitrate?

I'm looking for low maintenance at the office without any fish and shrimp (for now) and don't mind changing out the water each week if needed. Fertilizers are completely new to me so any advice would be appreciated. thanks


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Don't have the gh/kh test here with me. Its definitely needing something besides direct sun. The office is air conditioned so the water remains cool to the touch.


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You can buy one of those all-in-one liquid macro solutions to keep it simple.

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Try some of this out, I am using it in some tanks and it seems to work well for low tech set ups and I am using it in one tank with shrimp and they are doing just fine.

If you want I could send you enough for a couple months to try, they gave me enough last me a couple years easy!!!

http://selectaquatics.com/Plant%20Fertilizer.htm

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really? that would be cool! LMK how much it would be to ship and i can paypal


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There's a plastic cup holding a portion of java moss from home. The moss is starting to look dull sitting in distilled water from our vending machine and likely lacking nutrients.
I find it grows great with my city water because it likes the excess amounts of phosphates that the city has added it to the water.

The city water or mono potassium phosphate (KH2PO4) would help it.
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so handy that i just picked up kh2po4 dry ferts yesterday!

Ive also been using miracle grow indoor ferts and have already seen new green growth in the past 10 days, more so than the last two months that these mosses / ricca have situated in the same window.


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Ive also been using miracle grow indoor ferts
Oh!! But I've read that if that is used in the water that it would kill fish. You obviously have no fish in the cup so no problem.
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