2. Clean Water: All of the moss loves to grow in clean water. Dirt in water causes deposit of debris over moss. Frequent water change and less bioload help to maintain clean water.
3. Light, Nutrients and CO2: Every plant needs proper lighting, nutrients and CO2 for growth. Most of the Mosses can do well in low light and with or without nutrients and CO2. Mosses are best for low tech setups.
4. Attaching moss with rough surfaces: Attached moss grows rapidly in comparison of free floating moss. Always tie moss with rough surfaces of rocks, woods etc with the help of thread or fishline. Over time, moss attaches themselves with the surface.
5. Regular Pruning: Regular pruning of mosses increases the growth of mosses. Without regular pruning, under side mosses will turn brown.
6. Algae infestation: Algae is always causes a slow death for the beauty of mosses. Always keep away algae from mosses for real show up. Below mentioned points will help in killing algae.
a. Regular water change helps in controlling algae.
b. Hungry Rosy Barbs are very helpful to remove algae.
c. Toothbrush can also use to remove algae from mosses.
d. Complete darkness for 4-5 days kills algae completely.
1. Don’t introduce any moss eating fish in the tank.
2. In higher temperature of time of excursions, you can save your moss by following method:
a. Remove all the moss from the tank.
b. Wash it carefully 3-4 times to remove any dirt.
c. Now put this moss in airtight box.
d. Store this box in fridge.
I have successfully followed above mentioned method with christmass moss in June 2011, when I was out of station for 8 days.
1. Mosses don’t need any substrate.
2. Many fish like to spawn in moss
3. Provides hiding places to fry and shy fish.
Hope this will be helpful in the way to grow mosses successfully.
Any advice, comments and queries will be appreciated.