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I have a few quick pictures of a mossery terrarium that I started last year in a short and broad (17"X17"X14") enclosure illuminated with a single 5,000K PAR38 LED. The mosses are all growing actively with new green foliage.





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That is really cool, I love the natural look with the antler. My girlfriend and I are trying to get some moss growing in our raised bed garden. What is the pipe in the corner?
I always appreciate your originality and the creativity of all your projects! Good work Devin!
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species list please


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A good idea that ended up looking great. Is that moss the kind that grows on the ground that is always damp? If it is I have a section in my yard that is full of it. When the summer get here it will all dry up.
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Thanks you guys. The pipe in the corner is a standpipe that goes through the false bottom. I can stick a vinyl hose down the pipe to siphon drain water from beneath the false bottom. I know about half of the species in there. I'll try to write out a list later on.
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Hi hydrophyte,

What is your layer setup? I've always struggled with moss and really want to grow it like this

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Hi hydrophyte,

What is your layer setup? I've always struggled with moss and really want to grow it like this

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Sorry for not responding more promptly. I haven't been back here in a while.

This setup has a false bottom with a 1" void underneath. There is 1" of screened perlite on top of the false bottom with another 1" of ABG mix on top of that. Actually I'm not too crazy about the ABG mix for mosses. I have been working on making another mix that is almost all gravel with just a smaller amount of milled sphagnum and tree fern fiber. I think this will work better.

Here are a few shots of another mossery setup in a smaller 11X11 enclosure with coyote skull. The mosses have really thrived in this one. The Dendrolycopodium clubmoss is doing well too.









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Here are a few shots of another mossery setup in a smaller 11X11 enclosure with coyote skull. The mosses have really thrived in this one. The Dendrolycopodium clubmoss is doing well too.
This is AMAZING
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This is really cool. Why would you want to be able to siphon the water though?


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This is AMAZING
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This is really cool. Why would you want to be able to siphon the water though?
You have to siphon the drainwater out. If it reaches up to the substrate layers it will just waterlog everything and kill the plants.
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Thanks for the reply. I'm so impressed with how vibrant it looks and certainly looks easier than a planned tank. Correct me if I'm wrong on that last part. Definitely going to try this.


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Love the look of this, very impressed.
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Thanks for the reply. I'm so impressed with how vibrant it looks and certainly looks easier than a planned tank. Correct me if I'm wrong on that last part. Definitely going to try this.
Thanks again. The day to day upkeep is definitely easier than a planted aquarium, but the mosses are kind of touchy. I have found that I can water them only with clean rainwater. RO seems to have too much minerals or something in it.
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What I liked so much about this scape is how natural it is. I used to visit Wisconsin every summer to see my family and I remember a trip out there we actually saw deer antlers on the ground surrounded by moss and growth. Not as big of a piece as you have, but a couple of bucks must have been fighting to knock a section loose. My uncle has 40 something acres out there. What inspired the deer antlers?
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Sorry late to this. Ro is terribly inert. It won't have minerals. Ro should be less than 5 ppm dissolved matter which basically says no minerals.
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