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Re: Java Moss
Java moss turns into a brown mush when exposed to heat. It does best in my cold tanks. It needs to be kept off the bottom of the tank until it gets started or the mulm at the bottom of the tank will choke it out. Would be happy to mail you a strand for postage. Handful sized portions I would have to charge you or trade you for.
I believe that java moss is a true plant with chlorophyll. However, I have heard the following rumors. None of which I can substantiate. One person told me they thought that java moss consumed bacteria. Another person told me that there java moss adapted to life in their humid terrarium. One person brought in a bucket of java moss to a local fish auction. When asked how she grew so much, she said that when cleaning out her tanks some had escaped to her sump pump. A year later she was cleaning out the pump and found this bucket sized mass of java moss. Anyway, I would not believe any of these rumors. But, java moss is a real nice plant. bob
>>> <BPrat24977 at aol_com> 10/28/99 07:08PM >>>
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.