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Old 05-02-2016, 12:02 PM
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Moss is growing in nicely. I introduced some giant orange isos a few weeks ago and I'm just starting to see them crawling around. The nemerteans, if that's what they are, don't seem to be multiplying, haven't seen any in the past week. The springtail population is booming, no more mold blooms, everything smells nice and fresh.
Is that moss you purchased or just randomly occurring? Any tips for getting it to flourish like that? The whole tank is marvelous by the way, really inspiring.
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Old 05-02-2016, 06:38 PM
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Is that moss you purchased or just randomly occurring? Any tips for getting it to flourish like that? The whole tank is marvelous by the way, really inspiring.
Thanks! The moss is from NEHERP NEHERP - Terrarium Suitable Moss

I just got one 12" portion of it and put it through a blender with about two cups of water. Painted it onto all the wood and rocks about three months ago.

Just give it plenty of light and don't let it dry out, airflow seems to help too.
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Thanks! The moss is from NEHERP NEHERP - Terrarium Suitable Moss

I just got one 12" portion of it and put it through a blender with about two cups of water. Painted it onto all the wood and rocks about three months ago.

Just give it plenty of light and don't let it dry out, airflow seems to help too.
Okay awesome! Thank you so much. I love NEHerp and was looking at their moss so its good to see it grows nicely!
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Very nice indeed....what kind of moss is that?
Really great work

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Sorry...i should've gone through the previous post

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Love the painting! (And actually the whole Viv too)


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Old 05-06-2016, 08:52 PM
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Look who decided to show up... Shot up quick, I saw it for the first time today with about a four inch stalk.
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Old 05-17-2016, 01:12 AM
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Still no time to order plants but here are a few pics
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Looks incredible. True quality work.
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Old 06-21-2016, 06:23 PM
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Just some moss... Still no new plants.

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Sorry for being lazy, but I couldn't find the answer. What moss mix is that? It looks amazing. Please get this guy finished because it's got alot of potential.
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Old 06-22-2016, 07:31 PM
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Sorry for being lazy, but I couldn't find the answer. What moss mix is that? It looks amazing. Please get this guy finished because it's got alot of potential.
Thanks! It's just NEHERP moss, I blended up one 12" square of it with about two cups of water and painted it onto all of the rocks and wood. I did add a small amount of a Hawaiian moss(no ID) from Mike at glassboxtropicals.com but I don't think any of it has really taken off yet.

I've been anxious to plant it out but I didn't want to order plants during my busy season. Things are finally slowing down for me and I'm almost ready to make some bigger plant orders.

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Thanks! It's just NEHERP moss, I blended up one 12" square of it with about two cups of water and painted it onto all of the rocks and wood. I did add a small amount of a Hawaiian moss(no ID) from Mike at glassboxtropicals.com but I don't think any of it has really taken off yet.

I've been anxious to plant it out but I didn't want to order plants during my busy season. Things are finally slowing down for me and I'm almost ready to make some bigger plant orders.

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Funny enough, I have a 12x12 portion of NeHerp moss sitting under some t5's at the moment. Haven't had time to use it yet. Do you think I would get better results blending it up like you did? Oh BTW, if you are ever looking for plant cuttings, let me know. I have a few nice pieces I could get rid of.
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Funny enough, I have a 12x12 portion of NeHerp moss sitting under some t5's at the moment. Haven't had time to use it yet. Do you think I would get better results blending it up like you did? Oh BTW, if you are ever looking for plant cuttings, let me know. I have a few nice pieces I could get rid of.
Pm sent. I've placed clumps of NEHERP moss in vivs in the past and it's done really well but the growth pattern was completely different for me when I blended it. I blended the crap out of it and made a pretty wet mix, it basically looked like brown water with dark green/brown algae in it. Initially, painting the mixture onto the hardscape didn't change the look of things much, just a small amount of pulp was visible. After a couple of weeks, I could see tiny, bright green specs all over the wettest parts of the hardscape. It has been almost five months since I applied the moss and it shows no signs of slowing down. To answer your question, I would recommend this method for the moss. It was really cool to get to see the moss grow in from scratch.

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I must first say, I need this in my life.

GOOD FRICKEN JOB

I am just starting my first viv and this is jaw dropping. So amazing.

Okay, question though, the majority of your vines you made, but the moss seems to grow on them pretty well. I do not know much about moss, but if I just make my own roots/wood/ and such out of pvc and make sure to cover in peat or coco, will moss really just grow on them? Obviousley it will take some practice but I thought they needed the natural wood.

Man I love this build.. Amazing
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I must first say, I need this in my life.

GOOD FRICKEN JOB

I am just starting my first viv and this is jaw dropping. So amazing.

Okay, question though, the majority of your vines you made, but the moss seems to grow on them pretty well. I do not know much about moss, but if I just make my own roots/wood/ and such out of pvc and make sure to cover in peat or coco, will moss really just grow on them? Obviousley it will take some practice but I thought they needed the natural wood.

Man I love this build.. Amazing
Thanks! The moss in the pics is all growing on the wood and rocks. Moss actually doesn't seem to grow very well on the fake vines, never really expected it to. It is growing in slowly in some spots on the background but I don't think it will ever grow in thick. Maybe the peat is too acidic?

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I have the same problem with my vines. I tried a few times and gave up.
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Maybe springtails will take care of it
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I noticed with your screen you got on the egg crate you're gonna lose a mass amount of sprintails and other microfauna. I used to use it and the vivs I pulled apart had a crap ton of springs and dwarf whites stuck in the drainage layer floating around a lot of them were dead and those who weren't had no way back. I would also see them in the drainage water when I drained the tank.
I know you say the springs are booming but I but they are booming down below as well lol
I use Duck A/C filter foam now so I don't lose microfauna.
Just a heads up.

Viv looks great man good job.
I myself won't use NEHERP's moss anymore it get's too long and it was choking out my orchids.
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I noticed with your screen you got on the egg crate you're gonna lose a mass amount of sprintails and other microfauna. I used to use it and the vivs I pulled apart had a crap ton of springs and dwarf whites stuck in the drainage layer floating around a lot of them were dead and those who weren't had no way back. I would also see them in the drainage water when I drained the tank.
I know you say the springs are booming but I but they are booming down below as well lol
I use Duck A/C filter foam now so I don't lose microfauna.
Just a heads up.

Viv looks great man good job.
I myself won't use NEHERP's moss anymore it get's too long and it was choking out my orchids.
Thanks for the tip! I'll keep it in mind if I ever find the time for another build or if I redo the substrate on this one.

The springtail population is still booming and I'm not seeing many of those little worms I mentioned a few months back. I thought they were nemerteans but whatever they are, they don't seem affect the springtail population. I threw in some giant orange isos a few months ago, they may be helping with the worms but it's hard to say since I rarely see them.

As far as springs under the drainage layer go, wouldn't they help to keep things fresh down there?

Good point on the NEHERP moss, I've already pulled it off of some orchids but I do like the way it looks.

Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to do anything with the tank and work shows no signs of slowing down. Other than some new growth, things look the same as the last pics.

As soon as the weather cools off I'm going to splurge on plants then frogs soon after...
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