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    looking for dead sphagnum

    I keep reading stories about "bad sphagnum" with high tds
    so, what brand do you use? preferably from homedepot, lowes, walmart or another store like that

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    Those stores usually don't have high-quality sphagnum. The best sphagnum is New Zealand long-fibered sphagnum, followed by Chilean sphagnum. The Wisconsin sphagnum you'll find in most stores is not a substitute for high-quality long-fiber sphagnum. I would recommend looking for New Zealand sphagnum online.

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    New Zealand lfs is indeed the best but if your going to limit yourself to shopping at the box stores, the Chilean lfs from Better Gro is an ok substitute.

    http://sunbulb.com/info/?page_id=454

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    For about $5 you can buy 'Orchid Moss' at Lowes. It's actually dried LFS and it's decent quality... much better than the dollar cheaper Mosser Lee brand, with twigs and other assorted filler.

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    Where in CA are you? Cal West Orchid Supplies in Riverside carries the good stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonnie View Post
    Where in CA are you? Cal West Orchid Supplies in Riverside carries the good stuff.
    Chico in Nor-cal, a little bit far from riverside unfortunately

    Quote Originally Posted by jimscott View Post
    For about $5 you can buy 'Orchid Moss' at Lowes. It's actually dried LFS and it's decent quality... much better than the dollar cheaper Mosser Lee brand, with twigs and other assorted filler.
    I just now went and got this stuff I think,
    this one says "Better-gro Orchid moss" but on the back it says 100% blonde Chilean sphagnum moss


    if this is the same stuff, does it need to be rinsed heavily before using ? I'm not worried about algae growth just tds.

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    No, it's ready to use.

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    Some batches of "Better-gro Orchid moss" have a very stagnant offending smell to me when rehydrated. I rehydrate in a gallon ziplock bag and place it in the bottom of one of my incubators for reserve. If I do not change the water a few times after the LFS has fully hydrated, I will be checking all over my lab to see where the dead dying carcass is hiding.

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