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Re: Dry Sphagnum Moss
I have been contemplating the use of sphagnum moss as you have
described. Do you do anything to it other than boil it first? Some one
else on the list mentioned a bacteria bloom on introduction to the tank
water. Have you experienced anything like this?
David Ramsey wrote:
> I went back and watched this AKA video once again,
> paying close attention to the water conditions.
> 1999 AKA Convention Collecting in Cameroon By Dr.
> Nevin Aspinwall
> His observations on the streams and water conditions
> basically throughout his collecting in Cameroon.
> TDS 10-20 pH 5 - 6.5 Very little aquatic plants.
> Small streams, in some cases swampy areas that dry
> out. Covered in leaves. Insects eat/tear up the leaves
> and plant material. Killies eat the insects.
> This would suggest that the killies are living and
> spawning over decaying organic matter, not an inert
> peat type material.
> If the spaghnum moss is decaying, it would seem that
> this would not be wrong. Yes, it does decay, but is
> good for several months of use. Their natural
> environment is small streams and swampy areas with a
> bottom of decaying plant material. I know I am, if not
> the strongest proponent, at least the noisiest, of the
> use of spaghnum moss for bottom spawners. But for me
> the success with it tells me to use it. It is cheap to
> buy, easy to find, once wet last 3-4 months, and the
> fish love it. I get good spawns for Fp walkeri GH74/2
> Kutunze, Blue Gularis, Fp gardneri mamfensis (2
> locations), Fp spoorenbergi. I get very low fungus
> rates with the eggs stored on this moss. Even my
> corydoras fry do better with some of it in the
> hatching tanks.
> The true correct long stranded peat may well be the
> best. I don't know. It is not available in my area,
> and most likely out of my budget as well. But fish if
> nothing else are adaptive. For most people affordable,
> accessable, usable, and successful have to be
> considered as well.
> I would not use it for a filter material though.
> David Ramsey
> David Ramsey
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