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Old 11-09-2005, 12:00 PM   #1
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Moss ball

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I just got a moss ball for my new tank. It looks cool! Can anybody tall me what kind of plant is it? how does it grow? what kind of care does it need? Should I move it from time to time?

I-now-no-ting about it!
But I'd love to learn!

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Old 11-09-2005, 12:05 PM   #2
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I've had one of these, and just kinda let it go. Didn't know much about it either when I had it, but the LFS guy said "they suck up lots of nutrients". FWIW I didn't notice any drop in nitrates :P

Would you say its a Marimo ball, as seen/described here?:
http://www.kokosgoldfish.com/MossBalls.html
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Old 11-09-2005, 01:46 PM   #3
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moss is a great plat in my opinion... its a very cool alga that grows very easily but will thrive with good light and CO2, a great trick to do is to build like a net and to tie the moss to eat and then let the moss spread on it untill you will have a moss wall....
good luck 8)
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marimo balls aren't like java moss. you don't wanna net them down, cuz they won't spread and carpet like java moss.
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I had a moss ball in my medium tank before. That thing did nothing, not even grow a millimeter. After a few month it was overgrwon by other plants and just fell apart.
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Tiffi,

I too was not impressed by the one I had. Within a week, it fell apart into two smaller balls, that were very oddly shaped. Then one disintegrated over a few weeks, which was really fun to vac up outta the tank.
The other eventually was tossed. It never grew, and usually looked dirty.
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So you got to have high light to get them to grow, that would explain why it didn't work in my case. What about you malkore? Did you have high light?
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