Live Moss Slurry Care
Unpacking, planting, acclimating, and maintaining our NEHERP Moss Slurry!
IntroductionOur NEHERP Live Moss Slurry is designed to acclimate on a variety of natural surfaces inside tropical & temperate live vivariums. After a few weeks of acclimation, the mixture will spread eagerly to adjacent surfaces to create a beautiful & grown-in appearance. This guide will explain everything you need to know to get your moss to acclimate, grow, and thrive in your live vivarium.
Mounting Surfaces & MethodsWe've had great luck growing the slurry on Cork, Custom Background Surfaces, Ghostwood, Malaysian Driftwood, Mopani Wood, Tree Fern Panels, Vivarium Substrate (NEHERP, NEHERP V2, ABG), Wood Accent Decor, and more. Our slurry was designed to grow on natural surfaces for the most realistic solution possible. All mount surfaces must be kept moist until the slurry is well acclimated, and the method to affix the slurry is fairly straightforward. We specifically blended the slurry to ensure it can adhere to most vivarium surfaces without much effort, including nearly vertical custom & cork background surfaces. Packing some tightly into crevices & pockets of wood accents have provided some of the most naturalistic growth patterns. If it becomes less sticky during use, simply mix in a little more water to increase adhesion with the surface. Once acclimated, the slurry will grow onto the surface it's mounted to, and will withstand even larger animals walking on it without losing it's epiphytic grip. Our typical NEHERP moss is often a more cost effective solution when looking to cover some substrate with moss, but the slurry does do equally well when planted directly on appropriate vivarium substrate.
LightingWe recommend using one of our enclosure-specific live Vivarium Lighting Kits, and selecting an LED option for the best results. Our LED lighting kits produce the best growth patterns & most consistent results. Some lighting kits have a fluorescent option too, which has been proven to grow Moss Slurry effectively in vivariums under 15in tall. (Taller enclosures should use an LED kit) Using lighting which is less powerful than recommended can result in either the Slurry to failing to grow, or to grow extremely slowly with a "stringy" growth pattern (click for example). The light cycle should be timed to about 12 hours on, 12 hours off to help create a healthy circadian rhythm. For more detailed advice on what type of lighting would be recommended for a specific enclosure size, visit our Vivarium Lighting Kits page. If you'd like to learn more about vivarium lighting, visit our Vivarium Lighting 101 article.
General Growth ConditionsIdeal conditions for the moss are 70%+ relative humidity, with temperatures ranging anywhere from 60F-90F. While very tolerant of wide temperature swings, it is not tolerant of low humidity, and the mounting surfaces must never be allowed to dry out for long-term success. If the moss dries out for longer than a day or so, there's a fair chance it will not reanimate, so keeping it moist is critical. Frequent misting, high humidity, and plenty of light will make for perfect growth conditions. If the slurry will be mounted in an enclosure housing live animals, no external fertilization will be required (the animal's waste will provide the necessary nutrients). When using Moss Slurry in an orchidarium, paludarium, terrarium, or other enclosed growing area that doesn't house animals, we suggest bimonthly fertilization with a diluted mix of organic nutrients.
ProcessingOur slurry is safe for immediate use in live vivariums, and is not subject to the typical plant processing procedure.
NEHERP Live Moss Slurry
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