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Java Moss (Vesicularia)

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  1. Two replies
    by William.Keith.Brummett-at-att.com (Tue, 9 May 1995)
  2. Plant Bath and planting Java Moss
    by nfrank-at-nando.net (Tue, 9 May 1995)
  3. Beginner - Java Moss Questions
    by Paul Krombholz <krombhol-at-felix.teclink.net> (Sat, 27 Apr 1996)
  4. Java Moss
    by krandall/world.std.com (Fri, 06 Feb 1998)
  5. Java moss as tank "wall paper"
    by "alex pastor" <alexp/idirect.com> (Mon, 22 Mar 1999)

Two replies

by William.Keith.Brummett-at-att.com
Date: Tue, 9 May 1995

    From: Mark Wickersham <mwickers-at-minerva.cis.yale.edu>
    Subject: Java Moss planting tips?
    >
    > I purchased some Java Moss the other day, and I planted it in the
    > normal fashion by pushing it into the gravel.  ...

    Java moss has no "up" or "down".  I just wedge clumps into rocks,
    wood, or whatever, and it grabs hold and starts to spead.  In one tank
    with just a small, bubble-operated sponge filter, I keep about a cubic
    foot of moss just sitting on the bare bottom of the middle of the
    tank.  The blob of moss just keeps getting bigger.  If there's current
    in the tank, you can use black or green cotton thread to tie the moss
    to something.  By the time the thread rots away the moss will probably
    have secured itself.

    -- Keith

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Plant Bath and planting Java Moss

by nfrank-at-nando.net
Date: Tue, 9 May 1995

> 
> From: Mark Wickersham <mwickers-at-minerva.cis.yale.edu>
> Date: Mon, 8 May 1995 20:10:00 -0400 (EDT)
> Subject: Java Moss planting tips?
> 
> I purchased some Java Moss the other day, and I planted it in the normal 
> fashion by pushing it into the gravel.  But I have no idea if that is the 
> correct method, because I can't tell which end is up (or down, as this 
> case may be).  Any ideas?  

Java Moss (Vesicularia dubyana) does not have any roots. It should not be 
buried in the gravel. It can be left free floating (without a lot of water 
turbulence, it will tend to settle to the bottom); eventually it will 
attach to something, or it can be 
anchored between some rocks to hold it in place or it can be tied with 
monofilament line to a rock or piece of driftwook.   Once attached,
 the branching foilage seems to change, for the better.


Beginner - Java Moss Questions

by Paul Krombholz <krombhol-at-felix.teclink.net>
Date: Sat, 27 Apr 1996
Newsgroup: rec.aquaria.freshwater.plants

The cottony growth is a mass of rhizoids that the moss produces as it 
grows.  According to my botany books, the rhizoids function only as organs 
of attachment and do not have a role in nutrient absorbtion.  Rhizoids can 
be either elongated single cells or chains of cells.  

As fara as planting stem plants, I would space them out a bit.  The stems 
will be less likely to die, and the roots that should grow from the stems 
will have more room.  I would throw out the lead strips.  The lead is not 
totally inert and some of it does get into the water.  Use some pebbles, 
instead to weigh down the stems.  

Good luck!


Java Moss

by krandall/world.std.com
Date: Fri, 06 Feb 1998

>    I've read that you can get it to attach to drift wood by laying
>the Java Moss against the wood and putting rubber bands around
>it.  It is supposed to grow "feet" into the wood about 1/4" (?) in a
>couple of months.  Then clip the rubber bands and viola!  Java is
>beautiful.  I'm testing the theory right now...

Another method that works very well, and looks good very quickly is to
staple the Java Moss to the driftwood with a staple gun.  The staples rust
in a couple of days, and are no longer visible.  We did this with great
success attaching HUGE quantities of Fontinalis to driftwood for the
"ponds" exhibit at the New England Aquarium.
Karen Randall
Aquatic Gardeners Association


Java moss as tank "wall paper"

by "alex pastor" <alexp/idirect.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 1999

A while back there was a thread about backdrops inside the tank using
various things to attach plants by.
I have a low light 65 gallon long.  It's been set up for a while now, and
has had varying amounts of lighting over this time.  I have not scraped the
algae from the back glass.  About two months ago I redid the tank and just
plunked some java moss in the back part.  The moss has sent up christmas
tree shapes that are attached to the algae.  It looks a bit foresty and it
is flat against the algae, so no tufts sticking out.  "Hmmm, pretty cool,
Mother Nature".

G. Kadar


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