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Hello!

I am interested in making a moss wall for my 26 gallon tank. I will be stocking the tank with CRS, small mid-level schooling fish (possibly tetras or endlers), and/or pygmy corydoras.

I was wondering which material would be best to achieve the wall. I have found people to use stainless steel mesh, mosquito netting, or plastic mesh canvas sheets. I'm trying to decide between stainless steel, or plastic mesh canvas.

Would the steel leech chemicals into the water at all?
Are larger holes preferable over smaller holes? (Considering what I'm planning on stocking the tank with)
Are there any other ways to secure the wall to the tank apart from suction caps?
Which type of moss would be ideal for this project? (I have been thinking of using java moss, I don't mind using shorter moss)

I realise these questions may have been asked before, and would appreciate any links or additional information.


Thank you!

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I have cholla wood with moss growing out of it in my tank.. it's more natural looking. I feel like if you had couple decent sized pieces of that you could make a wall, maybe with them leaning on the glass next to each other or tied/glued together.. just a thought.

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I have cholla wood with moss growing out of it in my tank.. it's more natural looking. I feel like if you had couple decent sized pieces of that you could make a wall, maybe with them leaning on the glass next to each other or tied/glued together.. just a thought.

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That is a great idea! I might consider doing that on the side walls of the aquarium, or trial it out for the background if my moss wall fails. Thank you!

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Thank you for that! They both look awesome! I think I'll go with the weaving instead of the sandwich. Did you use fishing line at all? Or is the moss literally just woven into the holes?
 

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That is a great idea! I might consider doing that on the side walls of the aquarium, or trial it out for the background if my moss wall fails. Thank you!

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Thank you for that! They both look awesome! I think I'll go with the weaving instead of the sandwich. Did you use fishing line at all? Or is the moss literally just woven into the holes?


No line, just lots of hard work and a lot of moss to pick and choose from. Long pieces make it less work.
 

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What I've done before - eventually I'll get a pic of the construction - is use a piece of stiff black filter material (Matala pad, etc) and a mesh fabric. In my case I used a fishnet stocking! But basically I sandwiched moss between the filter pad and the fishnet. If you're concerned about fish getting caught behind the pad, you can glue it to a harder/flatter piece of material as well. Doing it this way looks a bit less artificial and gives the moss more surface area to cling to. Debris does get stuck in it, but not much more than the moss would accumulate by itself anyway.
 

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I used an old tank separator for a 20 g in mine. It ended up growing like crazy. It was a mix of Java moss and Pearl weed. The Pearl weed righted itself in the sand and grew up tall as a mat when I moved it to the bottom of my tank (from the side where it used to be).
 

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No line, just lots of hard work and a lot of moss to pick and choose from. Long pieces make it less work.
I see! Thanks for the advice.

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What I've done before - eventually I'll get a pic of the construction - is use a piece of stiff black filter material (Matala pad, etc) and a mesh fabric. In my case I used a fishnet stocking! But basically I sandwiched moss between the filter pad and the fishnet. If you're concerned about fish getting caught behind the pad, you can glue it to a harder/flatter piece of material as well. Doing it this way looks a bit less artificial and gives the moss more surface area to cling to. Debris does get stuck in it, but not much more than the moss would accumulate by itself anyway.
That does sound a lot more sturdier than just using two mesh panels. I am concerned about shrimp or fish being curious little buggers and finding their way behind the whole structure, so thank you for the suggestions!

I used an old tank separator for a 20 g in mine. It ended up growing like crazy. It was a mix of Java moss and Pearl weed. The Pearl weed righted itself in the sand and grew up tall as a mat when I moved it to the bottom of my tank (from the side where it used to be).
Would you suggest Peal Weed over Java Moss then? I've seen pictures of Java Moss walls and they do seem to grow out pretty crazy.

Wow! That is an awesome how to you've put together. I must admit I did think of adding an edge to the mesh as well just so the smaller inverts and fish didn't decide to go on an adventure to 'the other side of the mesh', but wasn't sure how I would go about it. Thank you, this will be very helpful!
 
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