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Can't grow a decent moss wall

I've made a moss wall, consisting of two sheets of black plastic guttering mesh sandwiching various types of moss, stuck onto the back with suction cups.

It's been there for more than three months, and I'm still not seeing satisfactory levels of growth. The moss seems to grow much thicker attached to driftwood, and certainly isn't attaining the dense carpet effect I had hoped for.

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What am I doing wrong?
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What kind of moss are you using?

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In some area of my moss wall that does not get enough light, it grows very slow than those that are well exposed. When they are exposed in high light, they start to have dark areas of algae.

The ones that are used for ground carpet, they love to grow under the shades of tall plants.
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Using java moss, flame moss, SŁŖwassertang and another I've forgotten. All of these are generally successful low light plants. The amount of light they receive is respectable; they aren't hidden behind any other plants (on the side wall).
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It's hard to kickstart growth in a moss wall unless you have uniform lighting in your tank.
They grow really slow as the back wall usually has poor lighting.

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When trimming a hedge you cut at an angle with the bottom being a little wider than the top so sun light will reach the bottom and the hedge won't get leggy or die back near the bottom. Maybe you could angle your moss wall just a little to get the light you need, it might help.


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I am having a decent growth on a fissidens fontanus moss wall.. maybe you should give that a shot.
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