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Question Java Fern Tips?

** THIS THREAD IS ABOUT JAVA MOSS, NOT JAVA FERN LIKE THE TITLE SAYS! SORRY! **

Hello!

Does anyone have any good tips on Java moss? I just put some in my 36g tank last week, attached to some driftwood and I'm worried that it hasn't brightened up in color yet. It's not brown, but it's not like the bright green java moss images I see around. Am I just being impatient? lol

I basically just spread it out in a pretty thick layer and tied it down with black cotton thread. A few days later I read somewhere that you should pull it apart and attach it in a very thin layer, or else it will get nasty and start to turn brown. Is this true? What's the best method and do you guys have any other tips on growing Java moss?

Here are a couple pictures of what I'm talking about. Sorry about the dirty glass, it's overdue for some windex!




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Yes it grows better when it is thinner.
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+1 agree^^ thinner is better
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Ive found the less I pay attention to them the better they do
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Ok, thanks everyone!

So I guess I should remove those pieces of driftwood, thin out the Java Moss, then tie it back on.

It's surprisingly tough to rip off thin pieces of the Java Moss from the main clump!
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Whenever I want to increase my java moss I simply pull it apart and just let it float in the tank. You can even do that in a five gallon bucket. l You don't need to use all that much on the wood you just need to give it time to grow. Not a week or two but a month or two.
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Yeah mine grows like mad no matter what I do. When I want to propogate it, i just float it near the top of the tank and let it do its thang.

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How do you guys float it without it being pushed all around by the filter? Tie it in a bunch attached to the side of the tank?
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yessir. Closer the the surface the better, so as to maximize the light.

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I got a bit from Shinycard a year ago. Now I have tons of it. I rip a golfball size piece off a clump and tie it on a small rock. soon ( three weeks or so) its the size of a baseball. It can accumulate detritus, so every now and then I blast it with the good ole turkey baster.
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