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Moss Milkshake?

does it work??? I am in the process of ordering Sphagnum moss (the happy grower so I'v been told) what kinda moss is best for milkshake... and really buttermilk?? Im asuming its safe? I have done lots of research (general) then I find alot of hints and fun tips... i just dont know if the hints work or not.... any tips on moss?
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IMO I wouldn't try try mixing the moss with anything organic if it's going to go in a terrarium/vivarium/paludarium- and especially not an aquarium.

If it were me and I was wanting to apply some moss to a rock or driftwood I would use superglue.



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Yes according to bill nye the science guy.

He did it on a show of his many years ago and it works. but maybe not in fish tanks. lol

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I've seen some beautiful results outdoors using the "milkshake" method of seeding, but I don't remember the actual recipe used and all the details.

Paul James, the somewhat kooky Gardening by the Yard guy from HGTV, had an episode with the recipe, how-tos and examples of its results that you may be able to find online.

I tend to agree with the others that this idea may be somewhat sketchy for use in an enclosed system within your home, but maybe you could seed some items outdoors and let them grow out before placing them in the vivarium/terrarium.


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Yes buttermilk works. Plain Yogurt Works better, the method i seen was to Put a big container of Plain Yogurt in a blender(not your wifes TRUST ME BAD IDEA!) add your moss starter blend Slowly add buttermilk until its a runny paste. Take the pieces you Want to put it on OUTSIDE(Again Trust me you dont want that smell in the house) Coat down the pieces you want moss covered and place it in a spot that gets Partial sun once the moss has grown and firmly attached bring in and assemble in your tank(you may want to Mist the moss if your in a dryer climate)
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I forget the ratio, but you can use beer, polyacrylamide co-polymer, and moss. The polyacrylamide is the powdered stuff that absorbs a lot of water and turns into gel. You can buy it at garden supply stores (brand name Hortisorb) or hobby lobby carries it for keeping flowers in vases. You just want to make a slurry consistency.


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