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    Java Moss on Slate Rock

    Hi Guys,

    I am experimenting with java moss carpet. I am planning to attach java moss to slate rocks with netting from those cheapo $1 loofah.

    Will the java moss stay attached to slate rocks after I remove the netting?

    Thanks for reading!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoKingGood View Post
    Hi Guys,

    I am experimenting with java moss carpet. I am planning to attach java moss to slate rocks with netting from those cheapo $1 loofah.

    Will the java moss stay attached to slate rocks after I remove the netting?

    Thanks for reading!
    I'm not sure about the slate, maybe try scruffing it up with a drill and a wire wheel?

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    Time is the key if you want the moss to naturally attach itself to the rocks. However, normally the moss will start to grow outwards before it has a chance to attach itself. It might take several months before attaching itself. If you use rocks that have more crevices and texture like Seiryu, dragon stone for example the moss will attach faster in my experience. The cracks provide a much better surface for the moss to grab onto.

    BTW, java moss tends to be stringy and unpredictable. I prefer mini xmas, Singapore, Taiwan, Triangle or Willow moss.

    You can always cheat and use super glue to attach the moss to your rocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sc91006 View Post
    You can always cheat and use super glue to attach the moss to your rocks.
    Great advice! Never tried glue but it sounds fun to experiment.

    BTW, I've had great success attaching mini anubias to seiryu rocks.

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    I made the mistake of using Java moss in my tank and and then changing my mind after I’d trimmed it once of twice. All those tiny pieces have been growing EVERYWHERE ever since. The ones on the rocks are unbelievably well attached and I can’t get them off at all. Though I’m not positive the type of rock it is about as smooth as slate so I don’t think you’ll have a problem long term.

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    I heard it takes a super long time for java moss to attach to slate so I've decided give it a try using a mesh net. I will report back after a few months to see how it goes.


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