Moss pits?

Questions about choosing moss and building moss pits.
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Moss pits?

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I have a question. Where or how can you make moss pits? do they sell them at lowe's or home depot? What about sphagnum moss? Do they need any care? :S Thank You
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I would suggest against the Sphagnum moss.

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No, moss should not be bought at Lowe's or Home DePot due to pesticides/insecticides.
Try Micheals and buy the Hiawatha Moss.

Moss needs to be used damp. To make a pit, almost anything plastic can be used. Some use shower caddies, rubbermaid type containers, bowls, etc.
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So.. I have to get a plastic container, put soil in, and plant the moss in there? I thought you just put it in the sand and it will grow there. :S
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Moss is bought as moss. One should not use moss from outside unless they are 100% sure of which moss species they have. The Hiawatha Moss is already in a bag and for sale at Micheal's. It does not require any soil or sand... just dampened (not soaked) moss in the container.
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ok. Thanks a lot! ;)
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Hermit crabs love digging and sleeping in the moss. They can also eat it and it really helps humidify the tank. They can molt in it and also moisten their gills in it. They love this stuff.
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I have a question about this moss stuff. I have a dish in my tank that is basically just keeping my wood out of the sand so it doesn't mold again, I am wondering does this stuff also make the wood mold? I would like to add something to the dish so it doesn't look like a dish holding the wood out of the damp sand.
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Moss needs to be used damp, so there is the possibility of the wood end molding. Have you considered some hard plastic vines/leaves to go along the inside and outside bottom of your plastic container?
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I actually figured out what to use. I took the dish and rinsed it out with all the sand that they put in it. I then soaked those big round glass rocks that you can buy for adding to vases and stuff in salt water overnight then added them to the dish and put the wood on top of the glass rocks. It actually looks great. I had some of those left over after adding them to my daughters fish tank. They are glass so they won't harm the hermies and they look nice in it. I have clear ones with just a splash of color inside them.

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Aren't they great? I use those under my sand over the UTH to prevent the hermies from burrowing down to the glass where it is mounted. (for if they do start to dig) They wash great, easy to separate from the sand for deep cleaning, boil nicely and dry fast too.
I use the blue colored ones, but do not buy them in the aquarium part of the store, they cost more $$$ there. I go to the craft area of WalMart and they sell the same thing, different name and for much less.
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