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The Moss Jar Diaries.

Well, I got bored today. I moved a tank, cleaned animals and the room. You would think that I would just want to sit and do nothing. Nope! Not me! I found a couple of jars instead. Cleaned them and poked holes in the lids.



Then, threw some peacock moss in them and filled them with fish tank water from my 10 gallon and 20 gallon tanks.



I stuck them in front of the window to the best of my ability. They are also sitting next to my greenhouse, so they should get a lot of light. I want to see what happens.


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Moved the moss jars over to where they would get some light. Not going to get any sun in the window till the summer. I may try it again then. But for now, they are getting the spill over from the 15watt 9500K light on my hex tank. I think I see some growth from being in the window though. Maybe some better pics of them tomorrow.





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Hm.. why the lid with holes poked in as opposed to no lid at all? I know someone who had glass jars of moss inside an aquarium and they grew pretty well. Not sure if the lack of surface aggitation will impede their growth at all. But at any rate, keep us posted on how this goes. I might take a leaf out of your book and do this to grow some "clean" moss as well !

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Hm.. why the lid with holes poked in as opposed to no lid at all? I know someone who had glass jars of moss inside an aquarium and they grew pretty well. Not sure if the lack of surface aggitation will impede their growth at all. But at any rate, keep us posted on how this goes. I might take a leaf out of your book and do this to grow some "clean" moss as well !
I have to have lids on them for the same reason I have to put glass tops on all my tanks. The two fuzzy monsters, I mean, cats. Lol. I would have loved to do it lidless, but that was not an option. I may get a bin to put them in with light like my smaller greenhouse, then I can do them lidless. I am trying to see if I can grow lots of moss fairly quickly in them to sell. For now, I am trying one moss, but in the future I would like to do a few jars of a few mosses. I am also going to be changing water weekly and swapping it out with tank water. I think I see a little new growth on them from the past few days, but not sure.


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Trying to keep this one as low tech as possible. I don't even want to have to buy a light for it.


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Yeah you start off with a moss jar a week and before you know it you need a moss jar everyday or a couple times a day, next thing you know you'll be in the Subway bathroom giving (use imagination here) for moss jars, you better quit while your ahead.


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Yeah you start off with a moss jar a week and before you know it you need a moss jar everyday or a couple times a day, next thing you know you'll be in the Subway bathroom giving (use imagination here) for moss jars, you better quit while your ahead.
ROFL!!!!

The funny part is, I can already see a shelf or two being dedicated to these things.


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Yeah you start off with a moss jar a week and before you know it you need a moss jar everyday or a couple times a day, next thing you know you'll be in the Subway bathroom giving (use imagination here) for moss jars, you better quit while your ahead.
Your funny. I would say this would work just fine. Saying this because I have moss just floating in my water change bucket and it grows, dont know how much but it does.
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Your funny. I would say this would work just fine. Saying this because I have moss just floating in my water change bucket and it grows, dont know how much but it does.
I saw someone with a huge jar stuffed with Java moss, and now I want to try all the mosses I have. I am wondering if I can get them to attach to small pieces of wood and rock this way too. I can't wait to go to the LFS no. They have Java moss there I think I need to have.


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This is the thread I found when I googled it the other day. One of the reasons I started these.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pl...java-moss.html


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Changed out the water today. Replaced about 80% in each jar with water from my 20 gallon before I drained it. There is new growth on the moss too. Not much, but some.









If you look closely, you can see the light green of the new growth.


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Got another jar today. Now I just need some moss. Maybe I will see what I can scare up out of my tanks.


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Is that just a red reflection of is there a shrimp in one jar?

Cable her jar was sitting on the sill with indirect light for most of the day, so a sill facing northwest would be perfect as you might get a little early morning sun but then just bright indirect light because the moss isn't going to like getting hot. I'm not sure your bookshelf will provide enough light for the same type of growth but I guess we will see, what do you think?


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HOLY CRAP. That other link you posted. That is a moss jar. Utterly filled to the brim with moss. Glad this is working out well for you. I might start up some soon :]

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