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Found some moss outside. How does it work in my aquarium?

Postby thatbb6 » Mon Aug 20, 2012 3:04 am

I love the natural look of algae on rock and background. Today, I found some moss growing around my water valve as pictured. How do I make it grow in my aquarium like on my limestone rocks or 3D background? Has anyone tried these in their aquarium?
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Re: Found some moss outside. How does it work in my aquarium

Postby DJRansome » Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:07 am

That is a terrestrial plant that needs to grow in the air. If you wanted to try a moss from nature, look underwater in a body of water that is above 70 degrees.
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Re: Found some moss outside. How does it work in my aquarium

Postby thatbb6 » Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:30 am

DJRansome wrote:That is a terrestrial plant that needs to grow in the air. If you wanted to try a moss from nature, look underwater in a body of water that is above 70 degrees.

lol I didn't know that.
What can I do to make green algae grow on rocks (or BG) like in this video?
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Re: Found some moss outside. How does it work in my aquarium

Postby DJRansome » Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:37 am

That will grow with no effort on your part (8 hours of light and some nitrates). That's what it looks like when it first starts to grow.

Unfortunately it then either turns brown and ugly or it stays green and grows out of control obscuring the tank and clogging the filters.

If you let it grow like that and scrub it off every other week or so you might be able to maintain a look like that.

There are aquatic mosses you could try. What you see in the picture is algae.
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Re: Found some moss outside. How does it work in my aquarium

Postby Iggy Newcastle » Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:04 am

I've seen that video and one after. The algae is mostly gone. The rocks were gathered with the algae already growing on them. The owner of the tank did not initiate the algae growth.
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