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As an avid lurker on this list I frequently see reference to the use of Java
moss and how it grows in such abundance. Being relatively new to the keeping
of killies and not having had any experience with Java moss, I ordered
several bunches from my local tropical fish store. They arrived within two
days and were limp bunches of brownish-green moss. I distributed portions in
several of my tanks, ranging from old relatively hard alkaline water to the
tanks with my killies, which are kept in rainwater which is slightly acid.
In all cases, within a week or two, all I had was ugly brown mushy looking
clumps of decaying Java moss. Having never seen healthy Java moss, I am
wondering if I bought dying moss to start with, or did I kill it? Can some of
you who have such abundant growths of this stuff give me a clue? My temps
range from 70-78. I use broad spectrum flourescent lighting.