Best moss carpet?

Discussion in 'General Planted Tank Discussions' started by Dural, 5 Jul 2009.

  1. Dural

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    I'm going to be growing a moss carpet for part of my 35L tank, i was just wondering if anyone has any experience doing this, and which type of moss would look best and easy to manage?
     
  2. LondonDragon

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    Best is the Fissidens Fontanus, I have this in my shrimp tank (click link in signature to see it, last pages) and its amazing! It did take me about 6 months to get to that size, but now only needs a trim once every 3-4 months lol you can't get any lower maintnance than that ;)
    All other mosses are ok for carpets but they do collet a lot of stuff in them so you need good flow to the moss and syphoning it once or twice a week is a must if you want to keep it nice and healthy, shrimp in the tank help, my shrimp tank has no algae :)
     
  3. Dural

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    Cool, well i've had a quick look online and i cant seem to find any Fissidens Fontanus, where did you get it from?
     
  4. Steve Smith

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    It's sometimes called Phoenix moss in the US I believe. Many of us have had to import it from places like malaysia/hong kong etc. One of our sponsors, Aquatic Magic usually carry it on their ebay store :)
     
  5. Dural

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    Yeah i've been looking at Aquatic magic on ebay and could only find Fissidens splachnobryoides that looks similar. However, doing a search on this it seems that it hasnt been growing well for many people and some have suggested it should only be grown emerged.
     
  6. LondonDragon

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    Yeah, don't get that one or you will be wasting your money has I did hehe I got it from a forum member before and have since sent to a few people here also, I might have some in a few weeks time when I trim my carpet. Its not easy to come by online and usually very expensive.
     
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    I thought so. Well i'd love some in a few weeks if you're offering ;) , obviously i'd pay or donate. :D
     
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    I will keep you in mind, I don't charge for cuttings of plants that were initially donated to me, so a donation is all I would ask when the time comes ;)
     

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