Out Of Control Java Moss

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Hey all. Any tips for controlling Java moss? I think it was a mistake. It's attaching itself to everything.
 
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LOL. If only it was that easy.
 
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yeah. took mine out as well but it's proving super hard to eradicate
 

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Can you take a pic of it? It shouldn't be too difficult to manually remove it.
 
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that was after I did some tweezing and pruning today. still attached to everything
 

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That's not Java moss, that's algae. Do frequent water changes with gravel vacs to remove the gunk off the substrate. How long are your lights on? Do you dose any ferts?
 
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pretty sure it's moss. I started with a java moss ball and I watched as it crept up the driftwood. looks nice at first. then out of control. I can pull it up by the threads if I comb through the grass. I doss florish excel and flourish though admittedly not regularly enough. water changes every 7 to 14 days

lights are on a timer approx 8 hours. the brightness has been on med highish but not full strengh
 

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What you have coming off the vals and on the substrate in the grass is not Java moss. It's algae. It's possible you were mistakenly sold algae instead of a moss ball.
 
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hum. that certainly could be. So you think I can starve it out?
 

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I would manually remove it (yes, it'll be a pain and take forever, but I would definitely get it off the substrate), increase your water changes to twice weekly (gravel vaccing each time to manually remove it), and put a siesta period in your lighting (so 3-4 hours on, 4 hours off, 3-4 hours on, 12-14 hours off). What kind of lighting do you have?
 
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I'll give it a shot! I forgot the brand. it's one of the petco led full spectrum light strips. it said it was made for planted aquariums.
 
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well. so it's not going well. this is totally exasperating. I want to rip everything out and start over :-(

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Green hair algae... this is what actual java moss looks like:

What ferts do you dose?
 
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seachum. why the heck would someone sell me a ball of that. what do people use it for. feel like my tank is ruined. do you think I stand a chance of irradiating it without starting over?
 

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Yes. Looks like you're not manually removing it. Remove it daily, if necessary.
 

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Lower your photoperiod, dI'm the lights with a dimmer if they are LEDs, add floating plants, and do a hydrogen peroxide and excel treatment. Then add amano shrimp, they will eat the algae, but you need to eliminate the cause first.
 

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Peroxide might help. Be careful with how much

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Lower your photoperiod, dI'm the lights with a dimmer if they are LEDs, add floating plants, and do a hydrogen peroxide and excel treatment. Then add amano shrimp, they will eat the algae, but you need to eliminate the cause first.
Sorry, I took too long to post mine. Great info right here
 
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ok thanks all. I'll keep at it then
 

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