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    Purple Moss

    Recently some of my sphagnum moss has started turning bright purple blue and violet. Anyone else have moss like this? I grow under a combo of LEDs and T5 perhaps its a result of that. however this setup is almost 2 years old now and this is the first time I've seen this moss.

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    Do you use any sort of fertilizer in there? It makes me wonder if it's being dyed somehow.

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    Does it look the same in natural light?
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    I do use Maxsea, but thats a brown color when reconstituted so I'm not sure thats it. In natural light its not quite as bright, its more of a powder blue with reddish orange tips, instead of the purple. The only change to the set up is I changed my daytime temps deadband from four to two.
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    I would wonder if what you're seeing is a species of algae or cyanobacteria in the moss that's reacting to the LED, because actual blues are not generally found in mosses... algae grows really quick if there is a lot of nutrient in the compartments within the moss, and when everything's green it almost blends in with the moss itself.
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    Regardless of what it is, it's amazing. Or are you trying to fool us by using some dyes

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    Haha, Swag, theres no dyes.

    Quote Originally Posted by hcarlton View Post
    I would wonder if what you're seeing is a species of algae or cyanobacteria in the moss that's reacting to the LED, because actual blues are not generally found in mosses... algae grows really quick if there is a lot of nutrient in the compartments within the moss, and when everything's green it almost blends in with the moss itself.

    A bacterial bloom actually seems most plausible, since they can produce similar colors. Likely spurred on by the slight adjustment in temp I made albeit only a dead band change of 2º. However I'm not sure how much that change made in practice. If it is a bacterial bloom the clorox will likely be short lived and will soon fade away. When that happens Ill post an "after shot"...
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    Haha, Swag, theres no dyes. that would be quite the tye die.

    Quote Originally Posted by hcarlton View Post
    I would wonder if what you're seeing is a species of algae or cyanobacteria in the moss that's reacting to the LED, because actual blues are not generally found in mosses... algae grows really quick if there is a lot of nutrient in the compartments within the moss, and when everything's green it almost blends in with the moss itself.

    A bacterial bloom actually seems most plausible, since they can produce similar colors. Likely spurred on by the slight adjustment in temp I made albeit only a dead band change of 2º. However I'm not sure how much that change made in practice. If it is a bacterial bloom the half-life will likely be short lived and will soon fade away. When that happens Ill post an "after shot"...
    Last edited by Flip_Side_the_Pint; 09-08-2016 at 10:30 PM.
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