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  1. #1

    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Ypsilanti, Michigan

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    Back in June 2010, I got my wife a 10g tank and she picked out a betta for it. She asked if live plants would work in the tank, and I said that I didn't think they would unless we upgraded the stock lighting (a single fluoroescent bulb) but there was no harm in trying... so we added a bit of java moss and some water sprite cuttings from my planted tank.

    Well, I was right. The water sprite wilted and died, and the java moss turned brown and succumbed to algae. Oh well, no big deal. I removed all the dead plant matter.

    Two years pass by. The betta is an old man now, spending all his time between meals sitting around on the decorations. For two years I have not added any plants, and there has not been any sign that I m issed removing any of the dead stuff. And then...

    One day I notice some green fuzz on some driftwood. I watch it grow, and, over the course of a few weeks, turns into this: java moss, clinging to the driftwood at the filter outlet. Pretty thin and wispy, but nice healthy green.

    Somehow I must have missed some of the java moss, and that little bit that I missed was dormant for two entire years, surviving who knows how, until one day for some reason it decided to spring to live and start growing again. Pretty amazing stuff.
    300 gallon mega tank: sailfin pleco, clown loaches, silver dollars, roseline sharks, congo tetras, new world cichlids
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  2. #2

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    Nov 2011
    North Carolina

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    That is awesome! Interesting story:)
    Coastie-to-be... hopefully.

  3. #3

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    Jul 2012
    Eugene Oregon USA

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    Isn't that Incredible? We had kind of the same thing happen in our yard. Bear in mind my wife and I do not have the greenest thumbs ever seen by man. But every few years we get a wild hair and try to replant our flower beds. This usually results in our dog or some other critter eating the shoots. Well the other week she went outside and a little plant caught her eye. It was a sprout from some unique non native plant (can't remember what she said it was) that we had planted when we first got married almost 9 years ago. We have redone that flower bed maybe three or four times since then? No idea how it held on this long.
    "A grain of sand is all I ever wanted to be. Lay me down and let the water wash over me, wash over me." -Mickey Newbury
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    Painted fish belong on canvas, not in aquaria

  4. #4

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    0 Not allowed!
    That is fantastic and super cool to see.

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