Out Of Control Java Moss

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by slybry, Apr 8, 2017.

  1. slybryNew MemberMember

    Hey all. Any tips for controlling Java moss? I think it was a mistake. It's attaching itself to everything.
  2. Catfish12345Valued MemberMember

    Give it to me :)

  3. slybryNew MemberMember

    LOL. If only it was that easy.

  4. billmarshall94Valued MemberMember

    I took mine out just takes over in the tank...plus it traps a lot of ...

  5. slybryNew MemberMember

    yeah. took mine out as well but it's proving super hard to eradicate
  6. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Can you take a pic of it? It shouldn't be too difficult to manually remove it.
  7. slybryNew MemberMember


    that was after I did some tweezing and pruning today. still attached to everything
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  8. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

  9. slybryNew MemberMember

    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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  10. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    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.
  11. slybryNew MemberMember

    hum. that certainly could be. So you think I can starve it out?
  12. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    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?
  13. slybryNew MemberMember

    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.
  14. slybryNew MemberMember

    well. so it's not going well. this is totally exasperating. I want to rip everything out and start over :-(

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  15. -Mak-Fishlore VIPMember

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

    What ferts do you dose?
  16. slybryNew MemberMember

    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?
  17. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Yes. Looks like you're not manually removing it. Remove it daily, if necessary.
  18. -Mak-Fishlore VIPMember

    Lower your photoperiod, dim 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.
  19. mbkempWell Known MemberMember

    Peroxide might help. Be careful with how much

    Sorry, I took too long to post mine. Great info right here
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  20. slybryNew MemberMember

    ok thanks all. I'll keep at it then

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