Preparing Land Moss to Grow Underwater Update


This is one of my first aquarium gardens built purposely to prepare terrestrial mosses and plants for growing underwater. Check links in the description. Let’s make a new nursery. I like to put all my aquarium nurseries on wooden bases for easier mobility. Add gravel. Add dechlorinated water. Two liters fit in this tank. Let it sit overnight. Add some aquatic plants. I like to have fast growing Elodea in all my aquariums. Here I take 3 cuttings of Elodea from different nurseries. Anchor cuttings with a seashell. Put it in the new nursery. Now I add slow growing Hairgrass. A combination of slow and fast growing plants works best for my aquariums. Anchor hairgrass with seashell as well. Let’s add a dwarf lily. My dwarf lilies grow from very small size bulbs. This one is less than a centimeter. Sink it down with a seashell. Let the nursery sit for couple weeks or more before adding any fish. Cover aquarium to reduce evaporation. March 17th, 2019 I take some samples of land mosses in Central park NYC. I have the same moss already growing underwater in my aquariums. But this one grows on the bark of a tree. Here is a different moss. This land moss grows slower underwater than the first sample. Make a base for an aquarium garden. Cut a hole of desirable shape. Also, I poke smaller holes all over the base just to see if it helps anyhow. This base goes on top of the aquarium. I add pond snails in this nursery. Also, I added some java moss tied to driftwood and a seashell. A pinch of homemade fish food for snails to get by. It is a fully functional aquarium. I cut the collected moss to give it a desirable shape. Put the moss with all the dirt at the base of the garden. Here it is. And the same goes with the moss on the bark. Cut the bark to desirable shapes. Put the moss on the bark in the garden. There is no need to wash anything – it is the beauty of this technique. Here I add a rock just for decor. Spray the moss with dechlorinated water. Cover the garden with another jar to reduce evaporation. All set! In the following weeks, I added some other plants into my garden. More about them in separate videos. I spray my garden every other day. And keep it covered all the time. That is very important. Keep it covered! About one month later on April 21st, 2019 The moss has grown more than one centimeter high. It’s long enough to trim it. I use scissors to trim the newly grown parts of the moss. In the past month, I added guppy fry into this nursery. And there are more plants in the garden. I put the trimmed moss on the plate for now. The old moss looks good and healthy. The moss grows continuously. Just remember to spray it every other day or so and keep it covered. Here is the newly grown trimmed moss. This moss grows slowly underwater. I want to use it in an aquarium that I am setting up for cherry shrimp. I just dropped the moss in and let it sink. More about this aquarium and shrimp in future videos πŸ˜‰ May 5th, 2019 Let’s take a look at the moss. The moss on the bark grows nicely. The whole garden looks…fresh green πŸ™‚ The previously trimmed moss keeps growing as it should. A new sample of moss is on the back. Here I have a fern growing for experiments that I promised to do with it. This time I want to trim the moss growing on the bark to use it in another new nursery I am setting up. This moss grows fast underwater. And all mosses shown in this video grow underwater in long strands. I trim only the fresh grown moss that comes without any dirt and bark in this example. Uncured bark makes water brownish. And the dirt is full of bacteria and such may spoil water. Using only fresh grown in the aquarium garden moss allows me to avoid all those complications. Here I tie freshly grown trimmed moss to a lava rock using fishing line. The old moss on the bark goes back into the garden where it will keep growing. And the freshly grown moss on the rock goes into a new aquarium where it will grow underwater. Cover your aquarium garden. Two weeks later on May 21st, 2019 All moss in the aquarium garden has grown and is ready for a new trim. And my aquarium dwellers seem to like this land moss growing underwater too πŸ™‚

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  • That's funny. I just uprooted some land moss from outside and started growing it in a pot. This idea crossed my mind. I might actually try this now!

  • Great video as always

  • These nano aquariums are terrific for small spaces! Great video!

  • Thank for the brlallant ldea you share l learned a lot

  • Gonna try this😁

  • Michael, you've been working hard,this is great. Love it. I'm down to just 2 aquariums from the 15 last year. Great video.

  • excellent video, following the channel, if you can follow us. thank you

  • Hey, Michael! I think that you should monetize your channel because some of your videos were viewed close to a million times. I'm sure that money would allow you to purchase many more materials, and continue to create such amazing videos for us.

  • your red cherry shrimp look healthy

  • Hey Michael, why dont u try keeping endler guppies???? They will look great in ur aquariums!!

  • michael is the cherry shrimp you are getting a high grade cherry or a low grade cherry im am starting to breed high grade cherry and blueshrimp as well

  • Hello Michael I love this video! I'm hoping you can help me out now!
    I have also started using land moss in my aquariums, one piece fell in fully submerged and seems to be doing really well, all the others are all attached to their serfaces and doing well as well. However I am getting lots of MUSHROOMS, I don't know what kind they are but do you think mushrooms growing in my aquarium could be dangerous for my fish?
    If you'd like to see it, as always, its posted to my instagram @ Aqua_Pron / www.instagram.com/aqua_pron
    Thanks for all the help and inspiration!

  • hope you can make a video on how do you select the gravel and rock near the lake or beach…
    i have found a forest recreation near my hometown, there are rocks and gravels near the river..but i dont know which gravel to choose…
    can u please help me out?

  • hello , do big sized , i mean very big sized snails about 2-3 cm long , if i keep them aquarium with fish , then wil they breed and overpopulate the aquarium????????

  • I see you make lots of videos of growing land plants in an aquarium but do you have videos of growing aquarium plants out of water? I tried it with a water wisteria but it didn't work very well, maybe you can get some aquarium plants to survive in the air

  • Mr. Michael Langerman you should definitely write a book about your findings or maybe even teach a class, i think you have a talent that needs to be shared beyond YouTube

  • Mr. Michael do you move your male guppies to other females guppies?

  • For me, the moss always rots. :'(

  • Thank you so much for these videos…I love your channel. I can’t wait to start my own aquarium garden. As a food gardener I found myself sad during winter, maintaining an indoor greenhouse but otherwise bored and depressed. This year I have a plan to make my winter happy with aquatics.

  • Will the moss grow onto rocks?a

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