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I've looked everywhere within 100 miles of home. None of my LFS sell any Aquatic Moss. I've got some drift wood I'd like to tie some Java Moss to (or any other moss for that matter) but I just can't seem to find any. Any sugestions?

Also, how do I know if the CO2 system I got from PetsMart is sufficient for my 30G tank? It's a reactor type that you add sugar to along w/ the activator and stabilizer packets and warm water. I'm new to planted tanks but I LOVE IT. Can't get enough of staring at my plants progress each day.

I've also read talk of UV Sterilizers here. What are they, what do they do, and do I need one?

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Online vendors, like aquaticplant.com etc, have a much better selection than pet stores, you might be able to find mosses there. Or check the Swap & Shop section, you might see someone posting an offer, or post a wanted ad yourself.

The CO2 system that you got is not enough to provide much CO2 to a 30gal tank. Instead of the little canister, try one or better two 3l bottles soda/juice bottles for more CO2 production.

You don't need an UV sterilizer.

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I've looked everywhere within 100 miles of home. None of my LFS sell any Aquatic Moss. I've got some drift wood I'd like to tie some Java Moss to (or any other moss for that matter) but I just can't seem to find any. Any sugestions?
Check out the Swap N Shop, time to time there would be Java or other kind of mosses there.

Also, how do I know if the CO2 system I got from PetsMart is sufficient for my 30G tank? It's a reactor type that you add sugar to along w/ the activator and stabilizer packets and warm water. I'm new to planted tanks but I LOVE IT. Can't get enough of staring at my plants progress each day.
I'm no expert but it should be sufficient if you plants are progressing well.

I've also read talk of UV Sterilizers here. What are they, what do they do, and do I need one?

Thanks,
I'll have to pass on the UV. The pros here can better explain this. Hope this helped.
 

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Ditto on what Wasserpest said. You'll need more than just that CO2 unit to give you adequate CO2 levels in a large tank like that.

And no, a UV sterilizer will not be necessary.
 

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I have some moss, PM me for what you're looking for. If I don't have any I can point you to the right person(s)

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