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Old 09-02-2008, 05:15 PM
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Hi,
I'm having a problem getting Java and X-mas moss to grow at the top of my tank. The background is an epoxy rock face with a drip wall running over it. So the moss is always wet. The lighting is 100 watts of HD 6500 PC, for use as an outside yard light. The water is always distilled and I spray a little orchid fert in the tank once in awhile. All rare and sensitive plueros, orchids, and anthuriums are doing great.

But the moss isn't spreading and often turns brown, never forms the lush carpet that it should. Could it be getting too much light?? Does it require alot of nutrients at that light level? I've been keeping hard to keep plants for years and this really has me stumped.

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If nitrates are building up in your water, that can kill the moss. Most mosses don't do well with even slightly elevated levels of nitrates. Also both of those grow very slowly when they are not submerged. Good luck.
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Old 09-02-2008, 05:55 PM
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Thing is I checked nitrates/trites, ammonia, ph and chorine. All were good, ph was about 6.5. There are no animals or decaying plants so it the water should be fine. Does java not like really bright conditions? I always thought it could adapt to anything, at least in an aquarium.....
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Could it be the heat and/or dryer air near the top? I would think the orchids, etc wouldn't do well with higher temps, but some pleuros seem to tolerate a lot. And moss should still be able to grow in lower humidity, just closer to the substrate - unlikely that it's either of the two factors, but these are the kinds of questions that occur to me first.

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