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    How to green up the moss

    I had lots of really nice home grown sphagnum but I moved it to my new HL chamber and now it's bleaching out. I was wondering if it would be OK to mix up a very light high nitrogen low phosphorus fertilizer and mist it on the moss to hopefully green it back up without encouraging algae. I've got some pics.

    Here's a pot of moss (and U. endresii) the day I moved it into the new tank (Sunday):


    and today (thursday):


    It's plenty wet and cool with 75*F days 50*F nights daily spraying the fog keeps the air 80-85% RH. But there is now 4 T5 HO lamps over the plants compared to the 2 there was previously but the lights are now 20" above the pot tops as compared to only 8" before.

    Here's a shot of a random clump you can see the earlier green growth further down and the new bleached out top growth:


    You can see all the moss is bleaching in all the pots


    I want my rich green moss back, anyone have any suggestions?

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    it looks dry.. moisture may help.

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    Yup..it needs a good misting.
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    Like I said it gets soaked every day, it's wet.

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    Give it time to adjust and bulk up - the stringy stuff is touchy. Once it starts to grow more compact it'll be more durable in high light. In the mean time, try giving it a few short breaks in the daytime light cycle, or if you have multiple banks of lights, have a rolling break that goes across the lights, to simulate noontime shade. Also, surrounding the moss and partially covering it in something like lava rock will help it adjust faster.
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    The incredibly little experience I have with live sphagnum tells me being wet isn't enough. I have some sphagnum that gets watered three times daily for 30 minutes by a pump on a timer (total of an hour and a half every day, spread throughout the day - trust me, it stays very wet) and it still bleaches out for me. The same moss, however, kept in a closed tank with 80%+ humidity is gorgeous and growing great. You mentioned yours is around 80%, too, so I don't know. Are you sure it's staying 80% all day, or is that just when you mist it and/or the humidifier kicks on and is actually running?

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    I don't think that misting is enough. Aren't sphagnum bogs usually wet underneath? I know my LFS is growing great with no misting, in a covered tank, and with a layer of standing water. Growing media for the LFS itself helps. Live LFS or peat works for me. Along with lots of soft light.. Bright T12 light seems best. It's not too hot, but still bright.




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    Constantly being wetted has actually had some markedly negative consequences on Sphagnum in my observation - I don't think it really likes to be in running water except in very cold temperatures. I've had much better luck circulating water beneath colonies, where it can wick up moisture as it pleases.
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