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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:10 pm Post subject: My Terrarium:New Collection pg2 Reply with quote

 hey  guys,
 my  trip  to  Munnar  had  been  cancelled  due  to  floods,  so  on  quick  change  of  plans  we  headed  to  Ooty  instead.  its  our  family  tradition  to  go  there  atleast  once  every  year.  i  usually  have  the  same  amount  of  fun  as  i  always  do  when  i  go  to  ooty,  the  tea,  the  chocolates  and  the  resort!  but  this  time  i  was  amazed  to  have  so  easily  spotted  these  loveley  plants/mosses!
 
 i  grabbed  as  much  as  i  could,  not  even  knowing  their  names  or  how  to  keep  them.  i  got  them  to  my  room  and  started  researching  as  much  as  i  could.  i  could  only  ID  one  as  star  moss  and  few  others  as  terrestrial  mosses.  i  loved  their  color  and  shapes  and  decided  to  make  a  terrarium.  i  contacted  hobbyists  and  friends  back  in  town  to  help  me  out  and  if  they  wanted  some  as  well,  so  for  the  next  two  days  i  kept  searching  for  what  else  i  could  find!
 
 sad  part  is  i  had  very  few  packing  material  and  wasn't  able  to  pick  up  the  most  amazing  of  the  plants,  which  was  the  giant  indian  fern.
 i  choose  not  to  disclose  few  of  the  locations  where  i  got  them,  sorry.
 
 lastly  i  dedicate  this  project  to  my  dad  for  taking  me  there  as  a  birthday  gift,  and  planning  on  calling  it  as  "Sudha",  which  is  the  name  of  my  granny  who  past  away  two  and  a  half  years  ago  and  who  also  loved  ooty!
 
 i'll  let  the  pictures  do  the  talking,  i  need  your  comments  guys  so  i  can  improve  it.
 TANK  DETAILS:
 tank  size:  12*8*8
 lighting:  indirect  sunlight  which  hits  the  tank  for  an  hour  (these  plants/mosses  are  found  in  extremely  well  shaded  areas)
 substrate:  bottom  layer  of  garden  soil  (2  cms)  cocoa  peat  (1  inch)
 no  fauna  as  of  now.  (don't  think  any  fauna  would  like  such  a  small  tank)  would  they?
 
 tank  is  covered  with  a  plastic  lid  to  trap  moisture,  seems  to  be  doing  its  job  for  now,  is  there  any  better  alternative?(i  can't  invest  on  a  mist  maker  or  such).
 
 1.  here's  a  full  image  of  the  tank  as  of  now,  lighting  is  just  for  the  picture.
 
 
 2.  5  species  can  be  seen  in  this  one  pic,  i  can  only  ID  the  star  moss  (bottom  left),  indian  fissidens  (center  right),  terrestrial  moss  (top  right)
 
 
 3.  a  close  up  of  the  fissidens,  sorry  for  the  bad  pic  quality,  my  phone  is  bad  and  i'm  a  bad  photographer.
 
 
 4.  the  most  debated  about,  star  moss  whether  it  can  survive  under  water  or  not.  i  just  didn't  want  to  risk  it  so  i  put  them  in  this.
 
 
 5.  this  moss/plant  was  most  commonly  found,  though  i  don't  know  the  name.  it  was  almost  impossible  for  me  to  take  these  out  in  proper  mats,  that  too  without  any  tools.
 
 
 6.  (top  center)  i  just  loved  how  that  moss  was  growing.
 
 
 7.  the  biotope  where  i  found  these  plants.  it  looks  amazing!
 


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:14 pm Post subject: Re: My Terrarium (advice needed) Reply with quote

 Hi,  
 all  these  mosses  looks  really  beautiful,  i  really  envy  your  terrarium,  all  the  best  n  keep  up  the  good  work.
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 Can  something  like  this  be  housed  here?
 
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:34 am Post subject: Re: My Terrarium (advice needed) Reply with quote

                                                   
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Can  something  like  this  be  housed  here?                

 maybe  for  a  few  weeks,  but  long  term:  no.
 1.  Thats  a  froglet,  which  will  grow.  the  tank  size  is  too  small.
 2.  The  setup  has  to  be  closed,  otherwise  the  forg  (or  any  other  animal)  will  get  out.
       It  must  be  closed,  BUT  a  good,  permanent  ventilation  is  a  must...otherwise  stagnant  moisture  and  stagnant  heat  will  kill            
       everything.
 
 other  things  to  be  considered:  Despite  good  ventilation,  the  moisture  has  to  be  maintained,  e.g.  by  spraying  several  times  a  day.
 If  you  do  so,  you  will  have  to  provide  a  drainage,  otherwise  it  will  turn  into  a  swamp.
 You  need  daily  supply  of  small  live  food  (insects)  +  vitamin  powder
 
 Try  to  maintain  the  moss  over  2-3  months,  this  will  give  you  a  good  feeling  about  moisture,  temperature...then  you  can  think  about  fauna.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:30 pm Post subject: Re: My Terrarium (advice needed) Reply with quote

 Thanks.  The  mosses  have  begun  to  grow  and  spread!  
 Fauna  I  have  all  the  patience.  No  problem.  
 
 @suprotim-thanks  Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 4:50 pm Post subject: Re: My Terrarium (advice needed) Reply with quote

 @  navneethtk,
 
 Nice  collections..  But  would  like  to  say  that  most  of  the  moss  that  you  got  would  rarely  grow  under  water.  It  would  be  really  good  if  you  adapt  them  to  grow  under  water.
 
 I  had  tried  this  before  and  failed.  With-in  a  week,  the  entire  mosses  turned  pitch  black  and  died.  
 
 You  can  find  these  kinds  of  Mosses  on  the  way  to  Ooty  (gudalur  ooty  road).  There  are  lots  and  lots  of  big  trees  covered  by  different  kinds  of  moss.  The  entire  trunk  of  the  big  tree  is  covered  by  the  moss.  
 
 I  happen  to  hear  from  my  Dad  when  he  was  working  in  Gudalur  that  Forest  dept  was  planning  to  cut  down  all  these  trees  as  the  moss  is  absorbing  lots  of  water  from  the  ground  and  it  is  severely  affecting  the  ground  water  level.  I  am  not  sure  if  this  fact  is  true.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 8:54 am Post subject: Re: My Terrarium (advice needed) Reply with quote

 Nav,  very  nice  setup.  
 
 It  is  best  to  run  it  without  any  animal  due  to  small  size  of  tank.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:46 pm Post subject: Re: My Terrarium (advice needed) Reply with quote

 @shelly-  yes  few  of  these  are  in  my  shrimp  tank  with  diy  co2  and  its  been  a  week  and  they're  alive  and  growing.  The  star  moss  for  sure  won't  survive  under  water.  I  gave  few  hobbyists  as  well,  yet  to  hear  from  them  about  their  mosses.  
 
 I  don't  know  if  that  fact  is  true  or  not,  I  found  few  of  these  growing  on  trees,  few  on  rocks  and  few  on  the  soil  itself.  
 
 @Scorpio-my  only  priority  now  is  to  be  able  to  grow  these  mosses.  If  I  can  do  that,  i'll  set  up  a  larger  terrarium  and  add  fauna.  Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:57 pm Post subject: Re: My Terrarium (advice needed) Reply with quote

 the  terrarium  has  no  issues,  though  i  pulled  out  some  centipedes,  fly  larvaes  and  caterpillers  which  seemed  to  have  hitch-hiked.
 
 don't  see  much  growth  but  they  look  more  lively  now.  few  weeds  have  grown  here  and  there  and  i  have  to  pull  them  out.
 
 GOOD  NEWS  is  that  the  fissidens  and  the  terrestrial  mosses  are  growing  under  water!  (Co2  and  good  lighting  required)  
 Also  on  the  last  sunday  meet  i  found  some  mosses  growing  on  the  cracks  of  walls,  still  have  no  space  for  it  so  kept  it  in  a  plastic  box  with  peat  base.  (If  anyone  wants  do  PM  me,  i  can  share)
 
 I  finally  got  the  pics  which  i  took  on  my  camera,  here  are  the  close  ups  and  biotope  pics.
 1.  Atrichum  sp.  OR  Pogonatum  inflexum
   
 
 got  the  name!  Barbula  indica
 
   
 Top  left  lyellia  sp.
 
 
 doesn't  this  look  like  christmas  moss?  well  it  isn't  but  i'm  glad  to  say  that  it  grows  in  water!   Cheering  
 hypnum  sp.
 
 
 i'm  not  sure  what  moss  this  is,  but  @kumeran  you  were  right  this  is  what  Bear  Grylls  uses  as  insulation  and  a  media  to  start  a  fire
 
 
 something  which  looks  amazing  i  guess?  this  had  a  bit  of  pellia  neesiana  growing  by  the  side,  couldn't  get  a  pic  of  it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 biotope  of  the  fissidens
 
 
 biotope  of  the  "christmas"  moss
 
 
 this  makes  a  nice  phone  wallpaper
 


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 Superb  collection  of  moss..   Thumb Up  
 
 ID'ying  it  would  be  good..
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 @Navneeth
 Did  you  find  any  thing  there
 http://www.jan-peter-frahm.de/Archive/Archive%2088.pdf
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Superb  collection  of  moss..   Thumb Up  
 
 ID'ing  it  would  be  good..                

 i  added  some  ID  tags  now,  but  the  field  of  mosses  is  huge,  its  going  to  take  me  time  for  me  to  properly  id  all  of  it.  google's  a  terrible  at  helping  me  out  in  this.
 
 
                                                 
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@Navneeth
 Did  you  find  any  thing  there
 http://www.jan-peter-frahm.de/Archive/Archive%2088.pdf                

 
 PIO  thank  you  so  much!  i  was  able  to  ID  three  or  four  of  them  hopefully  will  get  the  names  of  all  very  soon
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 awesome  collection
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