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Question Is Glutaraldehyde BENEFICIAL or HARMFUL to mosses?

I need to get this straight once and for all... is a regular dosing of Glutaraldehyde beneficial or harmful to mosses like Taiwan Moss? I'm not talking marimo balls here, but real MOSSES like Taiwan, Christmas, Fire, etc.

I use a 50/50 mixture of Metricide 14 and water.
....currently cautiously dosing about 5 mL per day, and seeing too many mixed answers on this when I google the question.

If it will actually BOOST Taiwan Moss growth, that would be fabulous. But if Taiwan Moss simply will "tolerate" it, but will be potentially harmed, please let me know.

Please only answer if you know for sure! I've had a lot of maybes.
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Hi caykuu,

I dose all of my tanks with glutaraldehyde; it is much less expensive than using Excel. The only mosses I have attempted were Crepidomanes auriculatum and Taxiphyllum barbieri (Java Moss) and neither of them survived.

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My mosses have been fine with it. I have java and flame moss in my 15gal, and Xmas in my 40b. I only dose 4 days a week, but have never noticed any ill effects.
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My mosses have been fine with it. I have java and flame moss in my 15gal, and Xmas in my 40b. I only dose 4 days a week, but have never noticed any ill effects.
Though there are ill effects, did you notice any additional improvement in their growth compared to no dosing?
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No not really. I have a 4 gal with java moss that gets no ferts or excel, and it grows about the same rate as my tank that gets ferts and excel. I don't really think there is anything you can do to make moss grow too much faster. I have searched before and came up with nothing. I was thinking of trying an experiment and using dry start method to see if it would work to get Xmas moss to cover a lava rock, but when I searched it seems like that may not work either. Still might try it.
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No not really. I have a 4 gal with java moss that gets no ferts or excel, and it grows about the same rate as my tank that gets ferts and excel. I don't really think there is anything you can do to make moss grow too much faster. I have searched before and came up with nothing. I was thinking of trying an experiment and using dry start method to see if it would work to get Xmas moss to cover a lava rock, but when I searched it seems like that may not work either. Still might try it.
Ah, I see. Dang. Other than pressurized co2 and high light I'm assuming, ahah. Thanks for the response!
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