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Moss Wall Pics

I will be trimming my xmas moss wall soon so a snapped a few pics first. The side wall is complete and the back wall is about 75% complete.

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wow, looks awesome! very natural. I can't seem to get moss to grow in my tank, I tie it to the wood and it just dies or floats away...

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Nice moss walls! They're fun to watch fill in, aren't they?

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what's on the wood, fissidens?


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Yes it is fontanus. It seems to blend in too much with the walls so I am thinking of changing the driftwood over to Flame moss
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If you want to try Flame, I can send that with the Taiwan you wanted.
be advised that Taiwan does not grow much differently than Xmas
especially if you plan on trimming it regularly to keep your wall uniform.
personally, I would keep the fissidens like it is, and if you want to
experiment with flame, then tie it to a lava rock for a few Months.
once it fills in, you can move the rock wherever it fits in esthetically.


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I do have a little bit of flame moss right now but if you do have a tiny bit extra that would be cool.

I will be trying a Taiwan moss wall on a tank that I have right below this one so I am curious to see the difference between the two.
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trust me, I can save you a lot of trouble.
I have Weeping, Taiwan, and Xmas growing on my ropes side by side,
and they look exactly the same after 3 Months completely untrimmed.

I'm convinced these three mosses grow unique based on the tank they're in,
not the moss you use. for example, your Xmas looks more like weeping,
as both my Xmas and weeping grow out and up, not sloped down like yours.
again, it's not the moss, just how your tank manages to host it's growth.

weeping(left) taiwan(center) xmas(right)


I'm currently experimenting with Willow and Spiky moss to see if I can
get a different growth pattern and texture then those other three.

I suspect Spiky will look the same as the other three, but Willow
is structurally very large and different, almost like a small fern,
so that one will probably make for a more unique wall subject.

If you can wait another Month, I'll post a photo of them on rope
and then you can better decide which one would be wall worthy,
so instead of wasting your time with Taiwan now, I'll send you a
sample of your choosing then, OK?


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trust me, I can save you a lot of trouble.
I have Weeping, Taiwan, and Xmas growing on my ropes side by side,
and they look exactly the same after 3 Months completely untrimmed.

I'm convinced these three mosses grow unique based on the tank they're in,
not the moss you use. for example, your Xmas looks more like weeping,
as both my Xmas and weeping grow out and up, not sloped down like yours.
again, it's the not moss, just how your tank manages to host it's growth.

I'm currently experimenting with Willow and Spiky moss to see if I can
get a different growth pattern and texture then those other three.

I suspect Spiky will look the same as the other three, but Willow
is structurally very large and different, almost like a small fern,
so that one will probably make for a more interesting wall subject.

If you can wait another Month, I'll post a photo of them on rope
and then you can better decide which one would be wall worthy
so instead of wasting your time with Taiwan now, I'll send you a
sample of your choosing then, OK?
Hahaha...I was looking at my shrimp tank last night and thinking..."Man, the Christmas moss and the taiwan look very similar now. I know they were different when I started." I think you might be onto something here, spypet

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Sure we can do that.

Christmas is Vesicularia and Taiwan is Taxiphyllum I believe. Based on that there has to be differences in their morphology; maybe they are at the microscopic level?????

I haven't had Taiwan before so I am not that familar with it.

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One problem with mosses is some people get their names confused, and sell it as something different(Like selling taiwan moss as christmas)
so you may in fact be getting the same thing if you buy two, the only sure way to tll on some is the look at them microscopically.

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Here are some pics I took today

Here are 2 closeups of the Fissidens fontanus



Here is a closeup showing the root and growth patterns of Glosso


Here is a downward angle shot of the Moss wall tank
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what do you anchor the moss to for the moss wall?
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It is sandwiched between 2 knitting meshes. You can then either sew or staple them together and suction cup to the glass
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It is sandwiched between 2 knitting meshes. You can then either sew or staple them together and suction cup to the glass
do you just throw some in between the knitting sheets and let it grow? will it grow out laterally as well as away from the knitting mesh? do you have to trim it to keep it shorter or does it reach a maximum and then go sideways?

i think i may wanna try this project.
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