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Life of a moss tank

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Hello,
I have been a member for a couple of years, but haven't posted.
Now that the 2016 AGA gallery is up and running I thought I
would add my entry. I was happy with the progress and result
of my 25 gallon cube tank, I took some time to set up lighting,
background and effects to take the final shot. Moss tanks have
cycles from what I have learned. Right now my tank is in a
dead cycle. From what I have learned moss tanks do well
in cool waters. I would like to see some tanks that are growing
in 80* or warmer. Below are some pics of my tank's life cycle.

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Nice cycle except for the algae part.

I see you torched it at the end.
higher temperatures you can get away with
Keeping good flow, debris off the moss, lesser light, high o2, additional co2, having very clean water
last result for algae is the 1-2 double punch which you should thread lightly on
Ugh Torched!

Thanks for the positive vibe. I respect your views and input a lot.
I have read many of your posts on mosses. Torching the moss?
Uuummm. Would that have been caused by leaving the moss out
in a tub in the sun, while doing a water change? Also the water
that was in the tub was not from the aquarium. It was direct
from the tap.
Thanks for the positive vibe. I respect your views and input a lot.
I have read many of your posts on mosses. Torching the moss?
Uuummm. Would that have been caused by leaving the moss out
in a tub in the sun, while doing a water change? Also the water
that was in the tub was not from the aquarium. It was direct
from the tap.
Thank you, very nice of you.:wink2:

direct sunlight? doesn't seem like it was out too long, so i ask, what did you do with the mosses?
Trial and error

I trimmed them back short and put the trees with moss back in my aquarium.
They pretty much died, or I thought. So I re-tied some new moss cuttings onto
the trees, and that is what is growing now. I haven't seen this new moss mature
enough to tell if I like it. Can you lay new moss on top of some old moss?
Will they intertwine and grow together? My trees are falling apart, so I doctor
them up as I go, and have some manzanita lying around to replace.

Jeff
I trimmed them back short and put the trees with moss back in my aquarium.
They pretty much died, or I thought. So I re-tied some new moss cuttings onto
the trees, and that is what is growing now. I haven't seen this new moss mature
enough to tell if I like it. Can you lay new moss on top of some old moss?
Will they intertwine and grow together? My trees are falling apart, so I doctor
them up as I go, and have some manzanita lying around to replace.

Jeff
You sure can, if they both grow they will. One species is likely faster than the other and will dominate. depends


Keeping debris off moss is one of the best things you can do, algae magnets when debris on em. Not to say moss can co-grow with algae, cause it can. Your pictures are a clear easy quick reference for that.

What moss species are you keeping?

I'll show you a moss tank at 80-82 degrees, i need to find the pic first.

Bump: Here is I think 80 degrees, had a heater on.
A good fertilizer for moss is the nh4, just a little and they will explode.




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Thanks for the tips,

Nice tank with the heater on. I love the variety to
keep the composition interesting. I'll try adding some
nh4, because my tank really needs it now. I might
have to start over. Is that a good idea, or will the
remnants of moss attached to the trees, re-generate?

Jeff
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