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Pruning / Trimming Moss, how to contain all the clippings?!?!

I have a bunch of moss on driftwood that I want to try and trim to promote thicker growth. I am worried about doing this because I don't want moss flying all over the tank. Its a larger tank and I don't want bits of moss everywhere.

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Likely you will get better info on this, and the "turn off the filter first" is a freebee
extra. I have a 15" tweezers I got from e bay that I just pick out each piece as I cut them. Any smaller pieces can be siphoned after done trimming. I never seem to get all of them no matter how hard I try. But each WC I spend a few sitting in front of each and checking for strays. At times I don't see them till they get a bit larger.
At these sit and pick times I also use a 6" magnifying glass while looking. Whole different view for sure. Think I like to watch Daphnia more than the rest of the tank.

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With plants I worry about drifting about and finding new unwanted homes I use a smaller nano tank siphon I have and siphon with one hand as I trim with the other with the filter shut off. Java moss and a few others can be a pain if you let it take up in DHG or other carpeting plants.


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My 10 gal is 90% moss so as you can imagine, I do a LOT of moss trimming. My favorite simple method is trim all of the moss, and then simply run a fine fish net through both the moss, and the water, it helps get a lot out. Then I will also turn back on the filter and put the fish net in front of it, wait for a few minutes, and voila you got all the moss trimmings.
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Oh I finally get to boast my new trick! I use it for my DHG and moss. But realyl can be anything small. I use my spring scissors and my cordless ehiem vac. Works great! Put the vac just over your moss as you trim and viola! sucks up all that goodness:

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I ended up just turning off the filter and powerhead and going to town. I didn't remove every last bit but got most of it. I have all the cuttings in a grow out tupperware now. was like a tennis ball size of moss.

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