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Loh Kwek Leong 
Title:  How to Grow a Moss Wall

Summary: A series of  photographs that clearly illustrate how to make a moss wall aquarium backdrop.
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Date first published:  2004
Publication:   and Loh's web site

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July 2004: translated into Hungarian language, on Endre Paller's web site Edesvizi Akvarisztika, at:  (Go to 'Cikkek').
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How to Grow a Moss Wall

by Loh Kwek Leong  of Singapore
Visit Loh's for information on killifish keeping.

wall1.jpg (10209 bytes)   Get a plastic mesh. It's available at hardware shops or plant nurseries. The holes should be about 8 mm in diameter.

wall2.jpg (10146 bytes)   Cut out the size you want. If you are planning on a backdrop and your tank's dimensions are 4 ft (Length) and 2 ft (Height), then you should cut out a piece that is 8 ft X 2 ft.

wall3.jpg (11647 bytes)   Fold the mesh into 2. Along the edges and at random around the middle, push in suction caps through the holes of the mesh.

wall4.jpg (12209 bytes)   Unfold the mesh and spread out the moss on only one side. Try to spread the moss as evenly as possible. If you leave a big space without any moss, chances are that there will be a gap in your moss wall later on.

wall5.jpg (16027 bytes)   Fold the mesh into 2 again and tie up the edges. It's better not to use string. Use something that won't eventually dissolve or melt after being soaked in water for a long time.

wall6.jpg (14541 bytes)   Position your mesh against the glass at the back of your tank. It's important that the edges of the mesh are stuck close to the glass of the tank. Do not leave gaps between the glass and the mesh as they are death traps for fishes.

wall7.jpg (27285 bytes)   Now all you have to do is wait for the moss to grow out from the holes in the mesh to form a beautiful moss wall. Piece of cake, really :)