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Anyone have success growing moss in the windowsill??

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I was just wondering if anyone had any success of growing moss on a windowsill. I just recieved a sandwich bag full of Taiwann Moss. It is going into a 5 gallon shrimp tank. I plan to make moss wall/carpet, and therefore am trying to grow out the moss. I have a clear transparent tray about 12 inches long, 6 inches wide, and 1 inch tall. If I were to spread out the moss in that, put water in it, gave it ferts, would it grow?

It will be sitting on an eastern facing window, so it gets about 3 hours of direct sunlight (6:00am - 9:00am), then about 4-6 hours of indirect sunlight. The water is at room temperature (not sure what temp the room is, I would guess 60-70 degrees F). And there is no filter or surface agitation.

Will I have sucess growing this moss in the windowsill dosing ferts and excell? Or am I just wasting my time?
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It'll work so long as it's a window that gets decent light. Also, try using fishtank water from a water change. Even if you get green water the moss will still grow. :)
Ok, whew I was worried I was wasting my time. Thanks for the tip!
I recommend against any direct sunlight at all
as that will increase the chance of hair algae.
put something in the window to diffuse the light from
shining directly on the glass vessel containing the moss.
Use that sticky back clear frosted plastic liners people us
to diffuse bathroom windows, and to line kitchen drawers,
is what works best for me with my windowsill moss garden.

your container is much too shallow for moss growth.
the water will evaporate too fast and you'll need to keep
adding water to it. use something at least 4" deep.

do not use tap water and add ferts to it later.
best to simply use old water from your fish tank.

The approach of "growing out" your moss on the windowsill
to later transplant into your tank is flawed because moss
growth will slow down every time it's moved to a new tank,
so you are much better off just putting it in it's final place,
and leaving it alone to acclimate then start growing -once.
Later if you don't like where it's growing, or want to thin it
out further, redistributing it within your tank will not slow
growth again.
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find a north or south window. You'll get indirect light and maybe a few hours of direct light.... I have a heavily planted 5G tank with that setup and it's doing fine... I don't add ferts or CO2. And it has some topsoil in the bottom.
Stringy moss, Leptodictyum riparium is good for growing in windows.
yes, but you have to be REALLY patient...
here's my sample in a 4x4" bottom vase for over 3 weeks now,
in a diffused sun lit window, and hardly any noticeable growth... yet :icon_smil

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I've been growing both java, and "Christmas" moss in a Tupperware on on an indirect lighted windowsill.
FWIW, the Java is growing much faster than Christmas moss.
i never had success growing moss, riccia, or pelia with sunlight. indirect or shaded i always get lots of algae.
i never had success growing moss, riccia, or pelia with sunlight. indirect or shaded i always get lots of algae.

I think the key is to start with a fair amount from the beginning. You need something to soak up the excess nutrients.
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