Moss diy

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  1. Lee

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    Hi all, I really wait to make a moss carpet but I struggle to fine the right mesh to use if anyone known where I can get it please let me know or send me the link I would really appreciate it.
     
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    Shadecloth can work quite well, and is usually available from most garden shops and Builder's Express/Warehouses. Initial attachment takes some practice, but I used some black cotton wool thread and wove it through.
     
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    @SalmonAfrica does it sink or do you need to weigh is down. and whats your take on stainless steel mesh?
    thanks
     
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    Depends on how much mesh/moss there is. The shadecloth itself is quite lightweight and can drift quite easily, though if undisturbed it'll stay. Once my Java moss/susswassertang got big and bushy enough, it stays firmly in place.

    You can always weigh it down initially.

    Never used stainless steel in an aquarium before, so can't say too much. I presume good quality stuff shouldn't affect the water quality, but that's in theory.
     
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    makes sense, i just see online a lot using metal mesh which i assume is stainless steel, not sure the long term effect on the tank.
    the shadecloth option seems more cost efficient as well. ill give it a try
     
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    You could also use plastic mesh, which you can get at most hardware stores and garden centres.
    I used to use a mesh with a hole diameter of about 5mm, and attached it with suckers.
    I slipped some plastic file binders over the sides to make it more rigid.
    It worked well for Java Moss as well as Susswassertang.
    Although I made moss walls from it, you can use it just as easily by burying the suckers in the substrate.

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    Thank think I will try the plastic mesh, I will get it on the weekend and I will also try it with my Java fern
     
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    @Pezulu What are the ideal conditions to get it to grow, I found it takes ages to grow and propergate.

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    Java Moss has never done well with me.
    It grows long and lanky, and doesn't fill out as I would like it to.
    I changed over to a Susswassertang wall, and was much happier with that.
     
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    @Pezulu , where in Jhb could i get Susswassertang?

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    Aqua Empire list it as available on their site.
     
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    i got some steel mesh today still try to figure out the best way to lay out the moss carpet
    this my setup at the moment
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    im thing about leaving a bit of the gravel exposed for the bolivian rams
    something like this (sketch up please don't laugh )
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    not sure if a complete carpet would ok with the rams. also considering add dragon stone as well.

    now for the small one for the sparkling gouramis tank yes i know it not
    heavily plant i let someone look after them and lost most of the vallisneria and other plants not the best idear, did do anything i asked them to do.
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    still think maybe going for full moss carpet as well but again not sure about the panda corys, i have quite a bit for the carpet one it get to much the with the extra pieces i think i with make a wall of mass for sparkling tank.
    and i do use fertilizer and recently just got co2 kit







     
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    Lee

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    I still haven't started yet try to decideoon a plan, Ive watch online it say it better to sandwich the moss in the mess? And it's the misquote mesh really tiny holes.
     
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    Okay so I did one mesh Matt I'm going to wait and see how it goes (it took forever) and in my sparkling gourami tank Ive try one egg tray I had lying around form rebelpets so much easier if all goes well I get more of them
     

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