Mosses

Discussion in 'Plant Help' started by Cro, 16 Sep 2009.

  1. Cro

    Cro Member

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    What is a good moss for clinging to wood after removing fishing line? I have 2 mosses on my wood at present (stop sniggering) and one of them has stayed behind and the other hasn't, obviously the one I liked best hasn't. I want to cover more of the wood with moss but want to be able to remove the fishing line within a few weeks and have the moss stay in place, recommendations please. :thumbup:
     
  2. Superman

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    I found that Java Moss clung well to wood and rocks after a while.
    I'm currently trying Weeping Moss and not sure if that's taken hold as yet.
     
  3. samc

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    my taiwan moss clung well to the wood and could not get if off. its a very nice looking moss too
     
  4. Ed Seeley

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    IME Weeping moss and java moss attach well; flame moss and fissidens attach poorly/slowly and spiky moss doesn't attach at all.
     
  5. andyh

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    May i ask where you got your weeping moss from as i am struggling to find some at the moment?
     
  6. misscaretaker

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    Definitely weeping moss IME. Mine has started growing up the glass at the back of the tank!
    Andyh, there is some weeping moss on ebay atm if you're interested...
     
  7. Superman

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    I managed to get some off a forum user under the "pay it forward" scheme. When I have cuttings, I'll be offering them up on the forum under the same terms. I would of thought I'd have some in the next few weeks.
     
  8. dw1305

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    Hi all,
    I've also got a couple of unknown aquatic mosses. They both have capsules, so I wondered if someone might like to give me a probable I.D. Both mosses are happy without CO2 or feeding, and have grown in a small tank (20l) on a north facing window sill with an additional 3 x 8W 6500K T5 "Boyu" light. The tank contains Cherry Shrimp, MTS and a couple of Assassin snails.

    http://s464.photobucket.com/albums/rr10/dw1305/aquatic_mosses.jpg "Moss 2" at top of image.

    aquatic_mosses.jpg

    Moss 1 creeps across the wood etc, and fastens on really strongly, even to the aquarium glass, it forms loose mounds and I had thought that it was real "Java Moss" Taxiphyllum barbieri, but that apparently doesn't "fruit" in captivity.I now wonder whether Singapore Moss - Vesicularia dubyana is more likely?

    Moss 1 capsule
    aquatic_mosses_clup1a.jpg

    Moss 2 is a much lighter green, and forms great "cushions of feathery fronds. I wonder if this another Taxiphyllum, as it has a soft texture.
    Moss 1 capsule
    aquatic_mosses_clup2c.jpg

    Any suggestions welcomed

    cheers Darrel
     
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  9. french tony

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    Darrel
    I'm not an expert but the first one looks like Xmas moss. Mine attaches to wood and stone very firmly and propagates quickly. I use EasyCarbo. I have some in a jar next to the aquarium, ambient temperature and seems to survive (4 weeks now).

    So the OP: XMass moss is a good for attaching to wood.
     
  10. dw1305

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  12. dw1305

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    Hi all,
    Just to re-open this thread as I've taken some microscope pictures of the "Peacock moss" "leaf" (microphyll).

    Here is the cell structure image from Aquamoss <http://www.aquamoss.net/Peacock-Moss/Peacock-Moss.htm>:
    Peacock-Moss-Microscope-02.jpg .

    and here's the cell structure of my "Peacock moss".
    aquatic_moss1.jpg

    So that would suggest that "Peacock Moss" is the right I.D.

    cheers Darrel
     
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