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RamonM 07-09-2019 12:34 AM

Should Java Moss look This drab
 
Aloha,

Here is a picture of my Java Moss. Should it look this drab (the pictures online look much greener).

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...efd7b32744.jpg


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Michael 07-09-2019 08:14 AM

Re: Should Java Moss look This drab
 
Welcome to APC!

Just from the photo, I say no. What are conditions like in your tank?

RamonM 07-09-2019 05:33 PM

Re: Should Java Moss look This drab
 
Hi,

The temperature is 81įF, ammonia and nitrates are at 0ppm. The PH is 6.6. I change 30% of the water once a week.

I dose with Seachem Flourish Iron daily, Flourish and Flourish Excel weekly. I am injecting CO2.

I had my Fluval AquaSky LEDs to a setting with low blue, for 14 hours a day. I changed that today to this

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...3ffdcb0e0b.jpg

as per recommended by Fluval in a Twitter post for low light plants.

Iíve ordered Seachem Nitrogen, Phosphate and Potassium. Iím installing a UV light to control algae and bacteria.


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Michael 07-10-2019 06:10 AM

Re: Should Java Moss look This drab
 
Try lowering the temperature if you can. Most mosses like cooler water, and will look like yours if the water is too warm. I don't think light or fertility is the problem.

RamonM 07-10-2019 09:24 AM

Re: Should Java Moss look This drab
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Michael (Post 999209)
Try lowering the temperature if you can. Most mosses like cooler water, and will look like yours if the water is too warm. I don't think light or fertility is the problem.



Lowering the temperature is going to be the great challenge. A chiller is out of my budget. Iíve been looking to installing fans. For a 55g tank I am still looking at fans that would lower the temperature sufficiently.



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Michael 07-10-2019 12:46 PM

Re: Should Java Moss look This drab
 
Are you in Hawaii? Is there any seasonal temperature change in your location? I don't know how much temperature change yoiu can accomplish with fans, but it is worth a try. Also, do you have a canopy or hood over the tank? If so, remove it and try an open-top tank.

During our hot summers, I usually have several small patio ponds going. Even with shade, water temperature stays in the low to mid 80s. When I have tried to grow moss in these tubs, it turns stringy and brown like your photo and usually dies before the end of the summer.

RamonM 07-12-2019 10:04 PM

Re: Should Java Moss look This drab
 
The temperature is very steady in Hilo, Hawaii. But in August it will be an oven inside the house. I ordered a chiller.

Iím going to make screens to replace the lids. [emoji1417]


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Michael 07-13-2019 06:53 AM

Re: Should Java Moss look This drab
 
Hilo is a beautiful place, but you know that already, LOL.


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