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Java Moss and "Noxious Plants"

In a message dated 3/26/00 1:54:22 PM Mountain Standard Time, 
Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com writes:

> << 
>   > Last summer, I put some new aquarium plants directly in to my pond.  
>   >  Apparently, what appears to be Java moss was on something, and it has 
>   taken over.  It covers everything.  Last summer I was taking it out by 
>   >  bucketful and a few days later it would be back.  I figured the winter 
>  cold 
>   >  would take care of it, but it didn't.  
>   >  
>   >  Also, since I gave some hardy Lilly starts to friends, now their ponds 
>  are 
>   >  also infested with it.  Any help appreciated.
>   If it is actually Java moss(it probably is), I have a couple of 
>   1) drain the pond, fill it with gasoline, and light it with a VERY long 
>  match.
>   2) fill the pond in and start over at least 35 meters away from the 
> original 
>   site.
>   3)Roundout  It kills every green thing it gets close to.
>   4).... Well, actually, those are the best three I can come up with.
>   As for your neighbors, I can only suggest that you pray long and hard 
>   God erase their memories of where this blight originated.  Failing that 
>   can either hire a couple of bodyguards or move out of town.
>   ;-)
>   But seriously, if you can find a type of pond fish that will eat it, it 
>   doesn't grow very fast.  It will, however, always manage to survive in a 
>   little tiny corner somewhere, and come back again when your fish get fat 
> and 
>   lazy. >>
>  Well, this stuff grows fast in hot weather.  What is the best way to 
>  positively ID this for sure if it is Java Moss?  Can someone send me 
>  descriptions or any sites online?
>  Or if I send them a small sample?  
>  Worse than doing it to a neighbor, I did it to my best friend's two ponds. 
>  He keeps referring to it as algae and I keep correcting him.  Guess I'd 
>  better keep my mouth shut.  :>  

Well, folks, maybe those of us upset with new state and feneral regfulations 
can learn something from this tale of woe.  Java moss comes from a tropical 
climate and should die over the winter, but obviously it does well enough to 
recover in the spring.  Acidental introductions, even into a pond, can lead 
to migratory birds like ducks spreading it around town.  Now that Chuck has 
spread it around his neighborhood, it could easily be dragged off to a nearby 
river.  From there, who knows?  Let's be careful, okay folks?

And Chuck, I don't mean to be picking on you, but this is just too perfect an 
example of human carelessness with a non-native species.  You certainly 
didn't intend to put it into your pond, it just hitched a ride with your 
other plants.  And now it's all over town.

Live and learn, huh? :-)

Bob Dixon