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Old 03-30-2014, 12:10 AM   #1
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Marimo Moss Balls

Hi. I am currently setting up a 29g planted tank(which I have a thread build for). I built a wall from sand stone. I want to add some kind of moss to it. I want some moss to cover parts of the wall, between the gaps. I need moss that is like the moss you'd see on a garden wall, short, like hair rather than leaves. I am thinking of using Marimo Balls. I realise Marimo Balls are actually an algae rather than a moss but they are more like the look that I am after. My question is, can I cut on of these up really small(in tiny pieces) and attach it to the wall with glue gel. When I say small, I mean 1/2 to 1cm in size, possible even smaller. Will it survive??. I don't need it to grow, just not to die!!!
Any other suggestions of a type of moss I could use welcome....Ian
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If you can kill it I'll be amazed bro

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They should survive. Marimo moss balls are almost impossible to kill. Even at that small of a size.
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Maybe i'll be the first...lol. This is the wall I want to add it to.....
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They should survive. Marimo moss balls are almost impossible to kill. Even at that small of a size.
I have read that they are pretty much indestructible, I just wasn't sure if they can be cut into really small pieces.....
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Cutting is how they are split so I don't see a problem with it. That rock work is going to look amazing with it on there

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You can also toss it in the blender and rub the paste onto the rock
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I read somewhere that they only grow very very slowly so it may take a long time to spread and look good . Post pics when your done
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You can also toss it in the blender and rub the paste onto the rock

Yeah this will work too
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I read somewhere that they only grow very very slowly so it may take a long time to spread and look good . Post pics when your done

Yes they do grow slow but if Ian puts all those little pieces of marimo moss balls down, they should cover the wall faster.
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That will be very cool. Please share before and after pics.
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Just curious about the blender method
Do you mix with a bit of water to make a paste? How does it stay on the wood or rock you want it to grow on?
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Just curious about the blender method
Do you mix with a bit of water to make a paste? How does it stay on the wood or rock you want it to grow on?

I'm curious about this as well. I have seen this method used with terrestrial mosses...mix with unflavored yogurt and spread on rocks and other decor (this is for a terrarium). But since it is not in water, the mixture won't float away.
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Oh ya I forgot to mention you let it take hold outside of water for a few weeks... Lightly misting with water when it stats to dry out...
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Oh ya I forgot to mention you let it take hold outside of water for a few weeks... Lightly misting with water when it stats to dry out...

Oh that makes sense. Would be quite messy if you skipped that step!
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I don't have a few weeks!!!. I will be starting my build next week. I WANT it to grow super slow and not really spread. I'm just going to put small pieces here and there on the wall. Guys/Gals, please join my journey. I need all the advice I can get...lol. I want to achieve a look like this......(post 154)
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Ian where is your thread at? That link takes me to something completely different then What it says. Talks about curing live rock

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Ian where is your thread at? That link takes me to something completely different then What it says. Talks about curing live rock

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Sorry Andrew. I just copied and pasted the address, I guess that doesn't work. It's on page 1 in the planted section. The rock picture is #154....
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I don't have a few weeks!!!. I will be starting my build next week. I WANT it to grow super slow and not really spread. I'm just going to put small pieces here and there on the wall. Guys/Gals, please join my journey. I need all the advice I can get...lol. I want to achieve a look like this......(post 154)
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Then just take a pair of sharp scissors/knife and cut the balls into tiny pieces. Tie them to the rocks with fishing line or thread and they should attach and start spreading. They will actually spread at a medium pace if they have the nutrients they like.
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Then just take a pair of sharp scissors/knife and cut the balls into tiny pieces. Tie them to the rocks with fishing line or thread and they should attach and start spreading. They will actually spread at a medium pace if they have the nutrients they like.
Is it possible to glue the pieces on. It could be very tricky to tie them on.....
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