yeah i find it funny too, since i think we are the same age and both do the same things....
as for stagnent water moss doesnt care at all. it grows in stagnent water all the time, once a month or so i give a full waterchange but besides that the ones im quarenteening are all stagnent. on the other hand a week ago now i set up a moss tank in my gaurage, with just a home made mattenfilter style filter and 2ft shop light over the 28g rubbermade containor and have some other mosses that are growing in that. this seems to work well so far... but ill have to keep a close eye on them over the winter... i might need to bring them inside.
now looking back at the pics it does look like you have some fissedens, i would also check out the creeks and streems near where you live there should be some native willow mosses around which are the only true aquatic moss IDed by bryologists so far. which is cool.
i see where you are going with the whole fert light thing but if i where you i would wait like a week to make sure they dont just melt right away. or try using some type of containor for them to sit in inside the tank. im going to be making metal mesh baskets for my 28g so i can have lots of diffrent collected mosses in the same tank and hopefully keep them organized... (fat chance)
as for hikes and bike rides and stuff baggies are easy to carry and dont take up any room so you can keep samples seperate till you get home. that works well for me so far, im looking into getting small plastic containors to keep them at home, similer to what people in the dart frog hobby keep fruitflies in.
as my dad said to me,"there aren't any moss guides to New England why not write one yourself?" and i probably will try and fail at doing that lol, but it will be fun!
also if you havent already i would encourage you to get a 10g or a tank around that size and fill it with shrimp, any dwarf algea eating shrimp will do red cherry shrimp, snowball shrimp, blue shrimp, CRS, bumble bee shrimp. to have a tank you can put moss in to get it all cleaned off! im working on getting my 55g filled with shrimp and other algea eaters. on the other hand i wouldnt recomend "glass/ghost" shrimp since they dont really eat algea, also i wouldnt really recoment "amano" shrimp because they are known to eat moss when there isnt much algea around.
good luck with your project. i wonder who will get the most moss first. i counted my baggies and have around 4 in the 55g 9 next to it and 1 or two outside. lol.
- FISH NEWB -
oh and btw FRESH NEWBY and FISH NEWB are diffrent names... but this happens all the time lol.