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    Growing moss - low temp the key condition?

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    For my 15gallon curved front,

    The tank has the following:
    Lighting: 20W FL + 11W PL
    CO2 : DIY
    Filter : HOB
    Existing Gravel/substrate: 1 inch Potting mix, 5 root monster spread around 45cmx35cm area(Those you see in cold storage) topped with 1 inch fine lapis gravel
    Fan: None. This tank is in my bedroom so a fan is not possible as the buzzing sound is too unbearable.
    Temperature: 28 deg on average.

    I have these 3 mosses on hand, namely:
    1) java moss
    2) erect moss
    3) christmas moss

    To test the water and suitability of the tank setup, I have recently thrown in a clump of java moss, christmas moss into this tank.
    The Java moss seemed to be doing ok, cos I see new growth with the tips being a lighter shade.
    I don't know about the Christmas moss yet since I just added it yesterday.

    From your experience, which of the above moss will do better in this tank condition?

    If my java moss survives and growing, does it mean that erect moss and christmas moss will do alright too?

    The erect moss in my other tank is doing well and I do not want to move them and kill it cos it is just a bit that I have at the moment. That tank has a fan on it and temp is about 27deg,

    I always read that lower temperature ( 24-26deg) is the 'key' condition for moss to do well. Does any of you have any success with growing moss wwith water temperature around 28deg or higher?
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    at 28C is a little tough for Java Moss....
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    Re:

    [quote:da1a2b3675="David"]at 28C is a little tough for Java Moss....[/quote:da1a2b3675]

    Just for java moss or all types of moss?
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    28 is going to be too high, but there are always exceptions. if you intend on growing moss then really suggest you bring the temperature down. my office tank used to be around 20-22 and the moss grew fantastically.
    why I don't do garden hybrids and aquarium strains: natural species is a history of Nature, while hybrids are just the whims of Man.
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    What is the most possible highest temp that these moss can grow?
    The tank is a 45x35x35cm curved front.

    Are you suggesting that most moss tanks (shrimp tanks) are kept in air conditioned environment?

    I hope to see one which can survive and thrive at normal room temperature.
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    they will grow, only how well. the colder the better. typical damp environments would be a few degree below ambient so we can expect 22-25 to be ideal for them.
    why I don't do garden hybrids and aquarium strains: natural species is a history of Nature, while hybrids are just the whims of Man.
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    How well, do you mean they get long and stringy under 'poor' condition?
    or the growth rate?
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    yes usually they don't produce good looking fronds, stringy, and turns brown too.
    why I don't do garden hybrids and aquarium strains: natural species is a history of Nature, while hybrids are just the whims of Man.
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    Thanks.
    I'll give up the idea of this moss tank than.

    what can I do with this 15gallon tank?
    I guess I have to work on the lights instead to grow anything in it.

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    can try things like anubias.
    why I don't do garden hybrids and aquarium strains: natural species is a history of Nature, while hybrids are just the whims of Man.
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    I find the anubias (except the A. nana'petite') unattractive even though they are so hardy. I've got 2 from Teo's farm a few months ago and they grew back after a severe nip from my fish.

    I thought of keeping shrimps in this 15 gallon cos anything else just looked like 'fish in a glass jail'. Not much swimming room in this 45x35x35cm tank.
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    are are plenty of choices of fishes suitable for a 15gallon. fishes in the Boraras, Sundadanio or Microrasbora genus would do splendidly in a school of 20, plus some shrimps.

    if you prefer south american you can go for Axelrodia spp.

    Gratiola in Cantonment has various Boraras and Microrasbora nana in stock.
    why I don't do garden hybrids and aquarium strains: natural species is a history of Nature, while hybrids are just the whims of Man.
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    I thought its the 1 inch per fish rule for small fish?

    so.. isn't it 10 fish max plus a few shrimps?
    With 20 small fish.. I cannot handle the bioload and won't it be more prone to algae boom?
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    Re:

    [quote:aac25d767f="cs_sg"]I thought its the 1 inch per fish rule for small fish?

    so.. isn't it 10 fish max plus a few shrimps?
    With 20 small fish.. I cannot handle the bioload and won't it be more prone to algae boom?[/quote:aac25d767f]

    I wouldn't call a Boraras "small", more like minuscule.
    why I don't do garden hybrids and aquarium strains: natural species is a history of Nature, while hybrids are just the whims of Man.
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    Re:

    [quote:5f1a063ff2="hwchoy"][quote:5f1a063ff2="cs_sg"]I thought its the 1 inch per fish rule for small fish?

    so.. isn't it 10 fish max plus a few shrimps?
    With 20 small fish.. I cannot handle the bioload and won't it be more prone to algae boom?[/quote:5f1a063ff2]

    I wouldn't call a Boraras "small", more like minuscule. [/quote:5f1a063ff2]

    As 'small' as a clown killie?
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    full grown clown killies are easily 3-4 times larger. Boraras are at most 2cm.
    why I don't do garden hybrids and aquarium strains: natural species is a history of Nature, while hybrids are just the whims of Man.
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    The briggitae I have now are like 1cm long. I'm having trouble counting them since they are so small and quick.

    For that tank, maybe you are right, go get your lights fixed, then your choice of plants will grow. But then again, if you use light loving plants to make full use of your high light, then c02 and fertilization and everything else is needed too.

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    Re:

    [quote:e7f59e1a11="|squee|"]The briggitae I have now are like 1cm long. I'm having trouble counting them since they are so small and quick.

    For that tank, maybe you are right, go get your lights fixed, then your choice of plants will grow. But then again, if you use light loving plants to make full use of your high light, then c02 and fertilization and everything else is needed too.[/quote:e7f59e1a11]

    I guess fixing the lighting is an easier option at the moment.
    Unless I'm going to put up with a Fan buzzing away while I sleep.

    It would have been a perfect choice for a shrimp tank.
    DIY CO2 for this tank is much easier cos it much smaller and I have an internal filter and HOB filter for it.

    I have 2x15 watts FL light and another 20W tube hanging around, so that might just fix it but with such a small tank, choices of plants are limited too since some just grow too tall and requires frequent trimming/uprooting.
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    Re:

    [quote:16dc11a8bb="rijac"]hi, examples of 15 gallon setups that could 'inspire' you...

    http://www.aquabotanic.com/contest20..._9_Details.htm
    http://www.aquabotanic.com/contest20...14_Details.htm
    http://www.aquabotanic.com/contest20...17_Details.htm[/quote:16dc11a8bb]
    Hi, Thanks for the links

    I have seen those before and I believe they are not local (in SG).
    I was just trying to make this a low tech tank after getting advise that its easier to maintain one 'High tech' (mine is not even close to that) and one low tech tank if I have to, rather than juggling with 2 tanks as a newbie.

    With the equipment contraints, I'll have to make do with what I have at least for now.
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