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mosses turning brown

Discussion in 'Advanced Strategies and Fertilization' started by baruch mor, Apr 18, 2005.

  1. baruch mor

    baruch mor Prolific Poster

    Jan 23, 2005
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    i just ordered about 5-6 species of mosses from singapore. ive heard that some people having problems with some moss species - they r turning brown. do u guys femmilier with this phenomenon?
    how can it be avoided?
    what r the most sensitive moss?
    what are their needs?
  2. Greg Watson

    Greg Watson Administrator
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    Jan 23, 2005
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    Re: mosses turning brown

    Let's see ... no one else took a stab at this one ... so let me see if I can pass on any personal anecdotes ...

    I have had absolutely no luck with mosses ... none, nada, zilch ... so when you ask what do they like? I can only speculate that many moss varieties do not like my high temperatures ... which is also frequently reported in various online forums .... so my 92 degree tanks probably don't help ...

  3. Tom Barr

    Tom Barr Founder
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    Jan 23, 2005
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    Re: mosses turning brown

    Lots of CO2.
    KNO3 and PO4 and they do quite well.
    Even at higher temps, they do well.

    Mosses unlike many aquatic weeds casnnot use HCO3-, they must get all their carbon from CO2.

    Colder water possess more CO2(and all gases) than warmer water, but if you add CO2, you can easily address that issue.

    If moss dies rapidly, you likely have either Copper/algicides present or not enough CO2.

    Tom Barr

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