How To Get Java Moss To Grow On Decor?

Shasta

(to many large words, welp my understanding. Got java moss rhizoids confused as the same thing as rhizome, on java fern, and made this more complicated then it was, welp)

-Got it figured out, got rhizoids confused with rhizome and made it more complicated then it was-

Hello! So curious if anyone else tried growing java moss on non-branch like decor? Like I'm trying to see if its possible to get java moss to grow on my squidward house decor (will add pic later) but this idea also goes for other non branch items like hiding cave like structures and etc.

Also if I super glue it, will it reproduce on its own onto the house or will I have to superglue ever piece?

Also how does java moss attach to stuff because I assumed it was like java fern but realized they might not attach the same way? Can they attach to anything or certain requirements?
Plan was to get the moss to attach to mesh (since I seen it done for java moss carpet/wall) and try to superglue the mesh/moss onto the decor after the moss attaches to the mess. Not sure if the superglue will kill moss its touching or not though?
 

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Lana1049

Some people do use superglue, let it dry, then let the moss do its magic. To attach java moss to my driftwood, I used some fishing wire, tied it tight, and clipped it short so no fish would get stuck. Later, the plant will have attached itself and you can just get rid of it (obviously not superglue). I’m not sure how well it would work with a smooth surface, though.
 

Shasta

Some people do use superglue, let it dry, then let the moss do its magic. To attach java moss to my driftwood, I used some fishing wire, tied it tight, and clipped it short so no fish would get stuck. Later, the plant will have attached itself and you can just get rid of it (obviously not superglue). I’m not sure how well it would work with a smooth surface, though.

Yea, I know on ridge structures that rhizome plants can get a hold on the ideas and have read that smooth items can’t be gripped.
Saw people make java moss walls/carpets with mess for the java moss to hold on to, so if you glue the mess on the item then I assume the java moss could hold on to it and grow in the mess area?
Just not sure if there any problems I can’t think of that can happen due to that.
 

Lana1049

Yea, I know on ridge structures that rhizome plants can get a hold on the ideas and have read that smooth items can’t be gripped.
Saw people make java moss walls/carpets with mess for the java moss to hold on to, so if you glue the mess on the item then I assume the java moss could hold on to it and grow in the mess area?
Just not sure if there any problems I can’t think of that can happen due to that.
That would work.
 

Musing

I have had some success with java moss in the past.
I scored the surface of decor was out of the water. (Once I wrapped with a thin layer of sponge around a stick and it worked, too.) Then, I made a java moss slurry and painte it on. I kept it in a little shallow dish of water until it was really growing and then put it in the tank.
 

EbiAqua

Superglue gel or cotton thread (preferably green or black).
 

Shasta

I have had some success with java moss in the past.
I scored the surface of decor was out of the water. (Once I wrapped with a thin layer of sponge around a stick and it worked, too.) Then, I made a java moss slurry and painte it on. I kept it in a little shallow dish of water until it was really growing and then put it in the tank.

I read about this method online about normal moss (non aqaurium) but doesn't java moss need to use their rhizomes (and assuming roots) to latch onto things?
Was your decor covered moss able to live in the tank long (due to water movement)?

As for the slurry, would I need to blend the java moss I take it? (dont got a blender so wanting to know if have to be blended or if I could somehow smash/mix it by hand. Or maybe try to find a cheap used blender)
And since my decor is a squardward house, would being submerged in a large cup of water work? (dont know how strong moss can hold on to so not sure if it might moved the painted moss)

Superglue gel or cotton thread (preferably green or black).

Yea, that can get something to hold on. Problem is the decor is so weirdly shaped I don't think the roots can latch on (cotten thread) and I don't know if the java moss will be able to grow about for nicer look (superglue) due to nothing for new parts to grab onto. Though superglue could work if I hand glue a lot of them at once I'm assuming (will add pic above to show why its a weird peice since rhizome plants need something to latch onto and the squidward house doesn't have that)
 

Brett S.

Literally just superglue it on there.
 

Shasta

Literally just superglue it on there.

True, but will it spread on its own or would I have let it grow on the side and to hand glue each piece? Pic above of the decor and its a bit of a weird piece for plant anchor.

Or am I making java moss harder then it is? (new to plants and only just gotten java fern to try out)
 

PokeTileCraft101

Java moss is very simple. In fact as long as you have some light itll grow. They don't need anything special in the tnak just the plant itself. Attaching it to other things with superglue and string (as others suggested) will work perfectly. and it will grow on its own but it will take some time to cover a large area.
 

Shasta

Java moss is very simple. In fact as long as you have some light itll grow. They don't need anything special in the tnak just the plant itself. Attaching it to other things with superglue and string (as others suggested) will work perfectly. and it will grow on its own but it will take some time to cover a large area.

I just double checked java fern notes and realized its Rhizoid, not rhizome. So I though java moss had to attached to stuff viva roots like java fern and the an-something plant with rhizomes.

Will they stick to anything (like the rhizoids is sticky or soemthing) like my silly squidward house? or does it need certain things for the moss to stick to something? I seem them on driftwood and assumed it was like java fern
 

Brett S.

I just double checked java fern notes and realized its Rhizoid, not rhizome. So I though java moss had to attached to stuff viva roots like java fern and the an-something plant with rhizomes.

Will they stick to anything (like the rhizoids is sticky or soemthing) like my silly squidward house? or does it need certain things for the moss to stick to something? I seem them on driftwood and assumed it was like java fern
No java moss and java fern are completely different. Java moss is like a string. No roots, it grows on to stuff. Here is a pic of my java moss. It is still growing in so you can see the superglue.
 

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Shasta

No java moss and java fern are completely different. Java moss is like a string. No roots, it grows on to stuff. Here is a pic of my java moss. It is still growing in so you can see the superglue.

I knew java moss and java fern were different, I though they both had rhizomes and both had to attach viva roots like java fern did. Just noticed I got the words confused and just assumed it was rhizomes.
Will it grow and attach to the rock on its own (when it spreads)or does it just grow longer and if wanting to have it cover more area have to be hand done? (how does the moss attach to stuff? Also I don't see the super glue at all so your good xD)
 

Brett S.


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I knew java moss and java fern were different, I though they both had rhizomes and both had to attach viva roots like java fern did. Just noticed I got the words confused and just assumed it was rhizomes.
Will it grow and attach to the rock on its own (when it spreads)or does it just grow longer and if wanting to have it cover more area have to be hand done? (how does the moss attach to stuff? Also I don't see the super glue at all so your good xD)
It grows out. I keep mine trimmed and I want it to get thicker and more bushy. If you look on the left there is a piece stretching out into the tank. It wiykd just do that. When you get it it looks like a ball of string. There are no roots or rhizomes. Just glue it/tie and you're done. In your case you should glue it, as string would stick out on your squidward house.
 

Aquilist

Java moss doesn't have roots or rhizomes, just glue it and it stays.
 

Shasta


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It grows out. I keep mine trimmed and I want it to get thicker and more bushy. If you look on the left there is a piece stretching out into the tank. It wiykd just do that. When you get it it looks like a ball of string. There are no roots or rhizomes. Just glue it/tie and you're done. In your case you should glue it, as string would stick out on your squidward house.

Ohhhh, I guess I just though they were more difficult since I got how they attached to stuff confused and couldn't figure how they attached to stuff to figure it out

Much easier then I though they were. Will have to see if my LFS has any or hope some can survive shipping (lovely weather, I would love to not slip on ice while walking 20+ mins to/from campus) to try it how and see if I get any luck on them attaching after gluing it down! Will have to search fish tank safe glue (and hopefully find one that dries clear and not bright white)

Thanks again for clarifying! I just though it was more complicated then it was
 

Aquilist

No problem!
 

Brett S.

Ohhhh, I guess I just though they were more difficult since I got how they attached to stuff confused and couldn't figure how they attached to stuff to figure it out

Much easier then I though they were. Will have to see if my LFS has any or hope some can survive shipping (lovely weather, I would love to not slip on ice while walking 20+ mins to/from campus) to try it how and see if I get any luck on them attaching after gluing it down! Will have to search fish tank safe glue (and hopefully find one that dries clear and not bright white)

Thanks again for clarifying! I just though it was more complicated then it was
Most super glue work. I used krazy glue
 

Shasta

Java moss doesn't have roots or rhizomes, just glue it and it stays.

Yea, I realized after checking care for java moss (after seeing a bunch of gluing comments) that the first few I read it, I got java moss rhizoids for rhizome (due to after looking up easy plants like java fern and them looking similar, I unknowing thought they were the same) and assumed java moss was a lot harder then it really was. Welp.

Thanks though!

(I wrote my comment before seeing yours, welp. Thanks though, still don't know how it sticks other then moss magic but better then thinking roots xD)
 

Shasta

Most super glue work. I used krazy glue
Sweet :3 Thanks! Hopefully I clumsy hands don't make an ugly mess XD
 

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