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Is Java Moss A Death Trap? Not Java Fern, Sorry

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  1. Ralphw62

    Ralphw62 Member

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    Sorry for a sort of double post I said fern before..meant moss



    well I found my clown loach stuck in a clump of java Moss!
    upset
    I guess there must be a way to plant or display this stuff safely?

    I found a liking to the plant and a supplier that has great prices on it..
    the place where I found the poor fish was a cave that had the java fern had gone trough,,, keep all caves clear of plants?
    just upset looking for java moss and clown loach advice......
    thanks
     
     
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    I rarely see fish get stuck in plants unless there abit silly. Keep your java moss trimmed down and don't let it get really bushy.
     
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    Never heard of this happening myself, and sorry for your loss. A bit of future advice, clown loaches, as well as other loaches, really should be kept in a group of 4 at least, preferably 6. Really love the tank in your sig! I've been looking for well priced moss for a while, do you buy online???
     
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    yeah the fish was pretty healthy and active... my levels have evened out Ammonia, Nitrites and Nitrates,
    He must have just been looking for a hidey spot and ran into this stuff, Very upset..
     
    right now I just have it in 1 large clump or ball with a rubber band around it waiting for my to decide its fate.
    It was late when this happened and I have the rock wall sitting on the floor and the tank is in need of re-scapeing
     

     


     
     
    no..... I found a store who sells me a big ball of it (base ball) for just 5 bucks.
     
    the fish was really entangled I had trouble just getting it out
     
    My Pic?...That's the same setup where it happened... about 1/3 over from the left... in the rock wall
     
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    5 bucks is a good deal. I just got the biggest java fern Ive ever seen in my life (leaves are probably 10 inches long) for 5 bucks at my lfs. ;)
     
    Thats so sad, really sorry to hear about your loach, maybe like Techen said, and just keep inside the caves trimmed back.
     
    very cool rock wall, and i really like the larger pebbles too. :good:
     
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    For me it has been the opposite. My fry have always used it as shelter. I have never had a problem with it so I would have to say no...it's not a death trap.
    Sorry to hear about your problems.
     
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    I did a little research and I found its a common thing to happen.
    Its very "grabby" and will clinch to almost anything
     
     
    well my tank will look different and will update my pic when I'm done :)
     
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    I would have never thought of that being an issue, yikes :/
     
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    Never had an issue. I'd have to see it in person to understand how it happens.
     
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    Its a lot like you see on TV when a fish gets caught up in an abandoned drag net or monofilament line;
     
    should of took a pic....
     
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    We always think about photos when it's too late. [​IMG]
     
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    Last week I lost a young cory to the java moss. [​IMG]
     
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    yeah its very clingy stringy......I just put most of mine down as ground cover
     

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