Can I Move Java Moss From Fake Wood To Real Wood

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Epicoz

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I’m getting java moss today but I’m not getting driftwood for a while. Can I tie down the moss to my fake wood then move to driftwood later. Also what is the benefit of driftwood over fake wood.
 

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In my experience java moss will latch onto anything that's not smooth as glass and never let go, so I wouldn't worry about moving it, just removing it . I'm not sure what specific benefits you get from real driftwood other than an organic and porous material for bacteria/biofilm and some amount of tannins that are beneficial to certain fish/inverts. Some other rhizome plants seem to attach better to real wood, but it's more or less a personal choice.
 
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Ok thanks

I just got some java moss on amazon how do I prepare it for my tank?
 

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I would rinse it with some old tank water to make sure there aren't any nasties hanging around in there. Then drop it in the water and fluff it up a little bit so that it spreads out and grows faster!
 
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Ok so I shouldn’t put it in a bucket of just tap water first. And I can’t rinse it with tap water
 

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i would rinse it under tap water then let it soak for a bit in dechlorinated water.
 
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Ok so I should dose a bucket of water with Seachem prime and let it dip after rinsing it in the sink
 

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Epicoz said:
Ok so I should dose a bucket of water with Seachem prime and let it dip after rinsing it in the sink
yep, that's what i would do! soak it for at least 5 minutes
 

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Tap water usually contains chlorine and that will kill any beneficial bacteria on your plants and then transfers the chlorine to your fish tank. The transferred chlorine will kill your fish. Do a small water change and rinse the plants in the water you pulled out of your tank. (By the way, discarded fish water is excellent for house or garden plants, fish waste in it is an excellent fertilizer for everything from your average house plant to tomatoes, corn or whatever.)
 
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Cool I’m doing a water change in a hour or so where should I store it in the mean time
 

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Just in the bag is fine! As long as it's moist it'll be fine. It's a very tough plant.
 
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Ok I’ll just leave it in the container out of direct sunlight

It’s falling apart in water is this ok

So there will be no parasites
 

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If you are not doing a chlorine or alum dip just rinse it with regular tap water and spread it out in your tank. Any chlorine that you get from tap water is so minute that there is no concern of harming your fish. You can put your plants in full tap water and leave it sit and no harm will come to it, not that it kills anything worth mentioning (snails). If you want to kill snails, you need to do a chlorine or alum dip. I am assuming that your tank is already cycled so any beneficial bacteria on the plant would be in excess and the tank would have the excess amount die off so zero sum.
 
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So will tap kill parasites but how do I stop it from falling apart it already did
 

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You should have no problem moving the java moss. Even if you have to cut it off it should grow back fine on the new drift wood. Advantages of real driftwood will be a more natural look and it can help lower pH a little bit
 
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