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Posted by rick gordon on April 29, 2003 at 12:01:01:
In Reply to: Rick (and others), wetland filter question posted by dsgnGrl on April 29, 2003 at 09:03:31:
:thats algae, it needs plenty of light to grow.
Rick:: Live moss is not a necessary part of the filter and is hard to grow, however a wetland filter does provide an ideal environment in which to grow it. You will have to seed it with moss spores or patches of collected moss to get it started. And as mentioned above good lighting is essential. I have some moss growing on mine and reindeer moss which is pretty cool. Carolina biological supply is a good source for moss and moss growing products, see the link below. As far as the solids are concerned, I have a couple small rosy red minnows in the pond area. They pick at the solids and break them up. You could also try crayfish, fiddler crabs,ghost shrimp and aquatic frogs. No guarantee that they won't end up as feeders though. The watercolor will look like tea at first because of the sphagnum moss, it will clear in time.