Moss and light coloured plant questions

Deano3

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Hellow everyobody hope your all doing well.

My first question is how to keep moss tight onto wood ? I originally glued it on and then its grown and i find pieces of it all over the tank and its quite frustrating. I know some people use thread os this the best way just keep adding thread onto it ?

2nd question i am having quite good growth however my plants are growing very light in colour it has been mentioned it may be low on iron but whats best way to remedy this ? The tank is 45p and have co2 dosing and i am dosing a squirt of tropica specialised every other day.

Any help would be brilliant.

Thanks dean

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It's a choice but I usually tie moss with black cotton ,other colours look odd I find. Spread the moss and wind and wind the cotton dont worry about it being too tight the moss hides it in time ,then tie knot and trim any excess moss,as the moss take hold the cotton will disintegrate , gorilla gel type super glue seems to be one to go to if you want to glue .With the plants maybe more fertiliser
 

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The moss issue also largely depends if you have a moss that will attach or not? Flame, spikey, fissidens and Phoenix dont....
If it's a moss that doesnt attach itself then fishing line is the only real option.

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The moss issue also largely depends if you have a moss that will attach or not? Flame, spikey, fissidens and Phoenix dont....
If it's a moss that doesnt attach itself then fishing line is the only real option.

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Thanks iain its christmas moss in my setup.

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Like Ian say - fishing line (or thread) will hold any moss in place. As the moss grow thicker it is usually nessesary to re-bind it, rolling another layer of thread/fishing line tight around it. Don't be afraid to tie tight and plenty (watch Amano's videos: you can barely see the tied moss through strings *s*).This re-bind can be done several times, but be aware, that the underlaying moss-part not receiving light and flow will die. At some point you will have to start over again, preferably before the dead moss cause trouble ofcourse (a matter of "guessing", actually).
The moss-patch can ofcourse be trimmed also. This I personally find easiest done, by gently "pulling strings" out of the patch of moss, untill wanted amount is left. By this method you will not have the many tiny bits, inevitably arising from cutting, invading your tank and grow everywhere. Should you choose to trim by cutting, you can assist the trimming with hosing out the off-cuts in the process: George Farmer have a video showing this, I think.
As for pale growth of your other plants, it defenitely suggest lack of one or more nutrients. Since you are using a fertiliser containing all needed nutrients in balanced amount, I suggest you just dose a little more. This will most likely solve the problem. Doing your routine waterchanges will ensure nothing builds up.
 

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Like Ian say - fishing line (or thread) will hold any moss in place. As the moss grow thicker it is usually nessesary to re-bind it, rolling another layer of thread/fishing line tight around it. Don't be afraid to tie tight and plenty (watch Amano's videos: you can barely see the tied moss through strings *s*).This re-bind can be done several times, but be aware, that the underlaying moss-part not receiving light and flow will die. At some point you will have to start over again, preferably before the dead moss cause trouble ofcourse (a matter of "guessing", actually).
The moss-patch can ofcourse be trimmed also. This I personally find easiest done, by gently "pulling strings" out of the patch of moss, untill wanted amount is left. By this method you will not have the many tiny bits, inevitably arising from cutting, invading your tank and grow everywhere. Should you choose to trim by cutting, you can assist the trimming with hosing out the off-cuts in the process: George Farmer have a video showing this, I think.
As for pale growth of your other plants, it defenitely suggest lack of one or more nutrients. Since you are using a fertiliser containing all needed nutrients in balanced amount, I suggest you just dose a little more. This will most likely solve the problem. Doing your routine waterchanges will ensure nothing builds up.
Thats great thanks for that i will do that this week and will does 6ml daily of tropica.

Dean

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