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    How do you keep the tips of LFS from drying out?

    Even in my most humid tanks the tips of my LFS dries unless you can keep it sopping wet, LFS is slow growing in my experience and having the tips of your moss turn brown is unaesthetic. How do you keep your moss growing so nice and perfect like this.

    perfect LFS, it's so light & frothy.

    And does anybody have some nice LFS that is rapid growing, I heard some people say that they obtained some LFS from Clint and it grew pretty quickly. I'll trade for a 1gallon bag!
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    Water more frequently, or mist the moss daily to keep it hydrated if watering once a day is too much. Moss near a source of air circulation will dry faster. Do not sacrifice air circulation for the sake of nice moss.

    Francois' moss has been grown in low light. If you want "frothy" moss like his, then you need to grow it in the shade. Moss grown in higher light does not appear that way.

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    D, in my experience it seems to be the cool temps of the highland chamber which keeps Sphagnum happy and green. The lush LFS has it's seasons in the warm lowland chamber (fall and winter) but in summer it always browns with the higher temps. High 80s+*F constantly seemed to wipe out my nice LFS. My highland chamber was 40-80*F year round with a average of 50-75*F and sphagnum seems to really like that.

    Also, you may want to check your salt content in your finsihed R/O water cos LFS seems like it's the first to go when the salts are creeping higher and those membranes need replacement. But if it isn't that, then I'd suspect the temps.

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    People complain of moss not performing well in higher temperatures. It's been my experience that, while it certainly performs better with cooler temperatures, it does great in lowland conditions, too. Of course I guess it depends on the source.


    There will be some in the auction. Last year we made less than I could sell it privately for... maybe it'll go higher this year.

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    lol! thanks! worked on it early this month.

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    I keep mine saturated. I also noticed that unestablished LFS needs to be saturated and established need only be kept moist.

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    It's been my experience that, while it certainly performs better with cooler temperatures, it does great in lowland conditions, too.
    I can prove this because I see it all the time in the woods and ditches here in NC. In the summer the temps get above 100f. Average summer is low to mid 90's. I think the key is with high teps you have to have either high humidity or always keep it wet.

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    I wish I could grow some nice LFSM, I think my problem is I'm always trying to take the cheap way out and recreate dried moss.

    I'll be looking for it in the auction this year if I can scrape some extra dough together...

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