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Hi in my guppy tank i noticed that my guppies were not having many babies, so i decided to put some java moss in there. Within a two weeks the guppies were having more baby guppies. The java moss provided food and shelter for the babies, so the survival rate was higher and plus it gives the adults a variety in there diet.
 

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you might hear java moss collects waste,witch it does, but if you have snails or shake it out once in a while u will b fine
 

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I have found it best to order Java moss from ebay,,,, you will get more for the money. Its a moss so even the worst shipper can really hurt. Just watch the temp., the cool will kill it.

Problems with Jav most:
1. You will soon have more than you know what to do with.
2. Strains will break off and you will have to remove it from be enter twined with other plants.
3. collects gunk... but as stated before you can just shack it out during water chances.
4. can get out of control, if you don't contol it.


Plus.
1. great for breading tanks... all reasson mentioned
2. will growin low light tanks
3. can be used as a think grown cover, will attack to DW and stones
 

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I agree with the addition of java moss, but it is hard to find in some places. If you take a wad of filter floss and let it sit in a tank for a while, it also has the same effect. There are microrganisms that grow within it that the fry can eat off of, it allows for security, and also adds more surface area for beneficial bacteria to thrive in!
 

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Java moss is easy once you have some. A few months after you get it, you tear it into 3 or 4 chunks and suddenly you have 3 or 4 plants the size of the one you started with. A sample in my guppy tank looked like this a couple of months ago. It is quite a bit bigger now.



A bigger clump in my Heterandria formosa tank looked like this. You can see an adult Heterandria at the top left of the picture.

 

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no java moss- maybe 12 fry survive, added about 5 pounds of JM and now my guppy tank has about 15 adults in it and about 900 babies. Its a 40 tall right now but have a 90g on its way here ( craigslist freebie complete set up from oshkosh NE being delivered)just for the guppies since there are so many.

There are other plants too that do well with fry survival rates, most adults will not go into THICK bushy plants and the fry well the fry love it especially with the plants being planted in the middle of their rock bed( another fry hangout for living long)
 
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