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Old 06-23-2010, 05:39 PM   #11 
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Not too get too far away from Java Moss (ok, I really am), but staying on the topic of covering the substrate, has anyone had any experience with Dwarf Baby Tears, Hemianthus callitrichoides, or possibly Marsilea hirsuta, Dwarf Four leaf clover? I know the clover has a transitional period... but I am getting mixed reviews from what I have researched. Some say you need co2 to get these to grow, others disagree, but they won't flourish as much.

I'm more interested in the Marsilea hirsuta... more people (from what I've read) have luck with this plant without co2 compared to the HC.

Any experience?
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Old 06-23-2010, 05:46 PM   #12 
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I like it as a floating clump. I bought mine that way from the fish store. Flame has built a bubble nest in it and likes to Hodeida under it.
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Old 06-23-2010, 05:48 PM   #13 
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Growing the marsilea without CO2 would be a balancing act with nutrients and lighting--also keep in mind that their immersed form and emmersed forms look a bit different. The only groundcover plant I've used are microswords (lilaeopsis)--if you want a grassy ground cover that can survive in lower light conditions without CO2, this would probably be one of your best options.
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:40 AM   #14 
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Will java moss need a substrate underneath it in order for it to root and grow?
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Old 06-24-2010, 11:17 AM   #15 
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Java Moss should be attached (by fishing line, rubber band, thread) to a rock or driftwood and not planted in the substrate. Or, as the other poster pointed out, it can be left floating in a clump.

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Old 06-24-2010, 03:10 PM   #16 
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Ok. Thanks =)

What does HTH mean by the way? lol
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Old 06-24-2010, 03:12 PM   #17 
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"Have to hurry," I think. It does not need substrate, it does not root like conventional plants do. It's just a clump of strands, typically.
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Old 06-24-2010, 03:12 PM   #18 
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HTH = Hope that helps. :)
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Old 06-24-2010, 03:42 PM   #19 
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Ahh right, it did lol :)

Is quarantining the moss necessary? Mine is coming in the mail and is going in my snail/shrimp tank for now. I have read that people dip theirs in bleach and water but I don't really fancy doing that. Is there another way?
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Old 06-24-2010, 03:47 PM   #20 
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I don't know about dipping the plant. I never have, but I've probably been just lucky!!

Glad I could be of SOME help! :)
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