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Attaching Moss to Wood – Quick and easy!

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A quick guide with a video tutorial on attaching moss to decorative wood or rock in the aquarium.

Attaching Moss to Wood

A long time ago, I ordered my first ever bit of Java Moss. It arrived quickly and I remember opening it up and getting it straight into my tank where my intention was to attach it to a piece of bogwood I already had in the aquarium.

This being my first time, it was a bit of a disaster. Thinking back now, it all seems so simple, but at the time with a lack of experience, I had no idea how to effectively complete this simple task.

Being inexperienced, I didn’t want to add anything to the aquarium as I wasn’t sure what would be safe, so I simply wedged the moss in between gaps in the log.

For the next day or two, my hands must have been in the tank replacing the moss every 35 seconds or so. After repeating this (what must have been a thousand times) I decided to find out how to do it a bit more effectively, so that’s what I’m going to cover here.


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Attaching Moss

There are several items you can use to attach moss securely to your aquarium wood, many of which you will probably have lying around the house anyway;

  1. Cotton: Cotton is safe for use in the aquarium. Normal cotton thread that is used for stitching is perfect. It is simply used to tie the moss onto the wood. After a while, the cotton will degrade, so keep an eye out for it breaking free and ending up in your filter. By this time your moss should have secured itself to your wood and will stay there anyway. If the moss breaks away, simply tie it back down with a new piece of cotton.
  2. Cable tie: Plastic cable ties can be used in the aquarium, but let’s be honest, it isn’t going to look great, so the smallest, most inconspicuous cable tie you can find is going to be the best option. You can use cable ties to attach plants to wood and they will never move. It takes a hell of a long time for plastic to degrade, as we’re all well aware of. Some though will harden in the water leaving them brittle. You will also need to take care that you don’t leave any gaps large enough for your fish to get trapped in.
  3. Superglue: That’s right, superglue can be used in the aquarium. You just need the right type. There are special aquarium glues that you can purchase, however, normal cheap household superglue is usually fine. Cyanoacrylate becomes completely inert when moist or wet so a glue that is made from this stuff is perfect for attaching plants to wood. So, in order to do this, you will need a dry piece of wood and a dry plant. Superglue the plant in position and let it dry for an hour or two. Then its good to go, without having the plant out of the water for too long (hopefully).

These methods are not only useful for attaching moss, but for any plant that requires attaching to wood/rock, or anything else.


Attaching Moss to Wood with cotton

Of the options above, cotton is my personal favourite. It’s easy, almost invisible and doesn’t leave my fingers stuck to a piece of wood.

So, for demonstration purposes, below is a video from RJD Fish Tanks of attaching some aquarium moss to a stunning piece of bogwood using cotton thread:




Here’s the description from RJD Fish Tanks:

Here is a very quick video on how to attach moss onto your driftwood.

This will be the same process to attach it onto rocks.

If you are only going to use small pieces of moss, you can glue it onto the wood or your rocks instead but what I have found by doing that is when it grows it becomes very “wild” and you will have to do more frequent trimming to keep it all in the shape that you want and your fish might pick at the moss and pull it all completely off.

Cheap and easy way to make your wood look better very quick!!!


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About the author

James @Seriously Fishy

I am a fish keeping enthusiast with over 20 years experience. I currently keep American Cichlids (CA) which are my favourite fish to keep so far. I started Seriously Fishy as I noticed a large volume of people on various web pages looking for help with Aquarium basics. I created the first Seriously Fishy book to solve the issue in 28 pages, that led to the Seriously Fishy UK fish forum and blog.

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