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Here is some moss that I have been growing for about 3 weeks. It has been growing with in "horrible" conditions with residual lighting from my 10g.

So far, it has passed the "hard to kill test".

"nano" moss


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Wow that moss looks awesome, it would work great in a nano tank. Did you buy this as nano moss or what? Ive never heard or seen such a thing.

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I collected it locally a while ago. I do have plans indeed for this in a nano


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How about plans on making it available?

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perhaps...but not for till I atleast have enough for my nano tank


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Ghetto lighting nice Gomer
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Hey Gomer, where did you happen to get that moss?
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..and that is the million dollar question isn't it


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Last year @ chistmas time while Santa was away delivering presents to everyone Gomer headed over to Santa's house and took it out of his planted tank.

Come on Gomer....
Admit it......
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Is that Erect Moss? Just like Christmas Moss but grows straight up.

http://www.killies.com/images/ErectMoss04BP.JPG
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Gomer, have you tried placing the little tank on a pile of books?

Also, one more suggestion. Go to "Home Depo" or a local hardware store, and pick up two runs of Plexiglas trim. This is a "U" shaped metal channel that you can use to join all three lights as one. So that they stay aligned, and level. You may have to tap the gap with a hammer to pinch it closed more, I think the gap is set at 1/8 of an inch. You just press it on the lip of your light reflectors. It will look a little less ghetto! And you should then be able to hang the third light off the edge, while the two others keep it from sagging down.

Also, look into a roll of aluminum flashing to help hide those gaps between the lights.

Your plants look so bright and green... I wish my vivarium plants were that bright!
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Did santa know he stole the plant?

Hei gomer what is that meddalion you have at the nano moss there? Did Jackie Chan gave it to you?
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It looks a lot finer than "Erect moss". Erect moss looks like a similar version of Christmas moss. This looks, from what I can see, to be more like an erect Java Moss version.


Medalion? It's a quarter.
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*L* you people are funny I have some covert elfs that let me know when santa is out

This stuff is MUCH finer than java moss. It looks a little thicker than hair algae, but is a moss (you can see a close up in the Photo section here with my Cherry Shrimp baby..which is ~ 1cm long for reference).

That quarter was just there to show how fine the moss was.

Who knows..it might not grow at "tropical temps". Soon enough, it will be in a warm tank with lots of light.

The "Ghetto look" is psuedo intentional with the hanging piece. It is actually taped to that specific angle to maximally reflected wasted horizontal light, not so much light going into the water and passing out the glass. Those round things on the "middle" reflector are counter weights (taped together fender washers)to since the angled one lifts it off the glass


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Have any of you guys concidered making a white throw-cover for your tanks? One that covers only the front and sides, to help you get the most from your light? It helps reflect more ambient light back into the tank, instead of using it to light up your floor and room.

Aluminum foil wraps work even better. Use spray adhesive on a large cover made from cardboard, and stick the foil to it. Then you can just fold it up and hide it when guests come over, or when you want to see how the tank is doing.
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