Too dry.moss on the wood looks really dry.
It is likely that the rock isn't permeable, so any moisture will sit on top in a film or puddle.The ones on the rocks still look damp
That's just wonderful. And I actually soaked the wood for a good 3 weeks. Fortunately I saved some of the left over moss in containers I have misted and left near the window to grow so I can re use it when the tank is read to be flooded.Hi all, Too dry.
If the wood isn't fully saturated with water it will "suck" the water from the moss. This will keep on happening until the wood is fully saturated with water. You can try spraying it, but even then you may find you can't spray it regularly enough to keep the moss suitably damp.
Personally I would only attempt a moss dry start with wood that has been into soak for a long time, and then I would keep <"the container sealed">. I would want everything beaded with water. It is likely that the rock isn't permeable, so any moisture will sit on top in a film or puddle.
The puddle will only evaporate when the relative humidity in the air falls below 100%. You still have to be a little bit careful, because warm air can hold a lot more moisture than cold air, and any rapid warming (of the dry start) is likely to lead in a fall in relative humidity and damage to the moss leaves (microphylls), even if there is a reservoir of water that can vapourise and return the relative humidity to 100%. You just have a lag period when relative humidity is lower than 100%.
You can get also get the reverse situation with a permeable substrate (a rock like tufa, or a really wet branch) where the rock etc acts as a water reservoir and a fall in the humidity of the air will lead to water vapour travelling out of the rock into the air (and the attached moss).
Sorry run out of time to edit my other post. .....Have a look at this <"guide to filmy ferns">, basically they are the conditions you want for your moss to attach to the wood.I actually though high temperature was a bad thing. I now have my light closer to the tank so the tank is about 27c and room temp is 24c. I will try to keep the wood as wet as possible for the time being. I wish I knew this sooner else I wouldn't have put the moss on the wood but then again I still have a huge amount of moss left over.
In that case I'm alright. I'll let the moss dry out because the last thing I need is too much moisture to the cause mold.Hi all, Sorry run out of time to edit my other post. .....Have a look at this <"guide to filmy ferns">, basically they are the conditions you want for your moss to attach to the wood.
Filmy Ferns (Hymenophyllaceae) are really similar to semi-aquatic mosses in their cultural requirements, mainly because they have similar, really thin, "leaves", which are very easily damaged by low humidity.
No it didn't. The key is high humidity... I don't think you really need to worry about mould, I never got any using the method I gave above.
After re misting it a few hours ago the wood has gone dry again. Tbh it's not a lot of moss since it's just small chopped blended parts.No it didn't. The key is high humidity... I don't think you really need to worry about mould, I never got any using the method I gave above.
Give the whole scape a good soaking with a mister/sprayer every day, otherwise the DSM probably won't work, and you'd be better off just flooding from the start
I've put it on the very top of the dry wood and it still says 99%. When I had it in the open next to my window it showed 65%.Try getting the hydrometer into 'open air' so it's not sat in/on something really wet - it might make no difference but then again it might.
Just remember my DSM failed but that was quite probably down to the slopes being as steep so the front was saturated and the back dried out.I've put it on the very top of the dry wood and it still says 99%. When I had it in the open next to my window it showed 65%