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post #1 of 16 Old 07-17-2011, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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Can you break apart moss balls and attach the moss to driftwood?

I bought a moss ball today with the intention to attach it to driftwood. However, now that i'm researching it, did I get the wrong type of moss?

Is what I want possible with a common moss ball?
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post #2 of 16 Old 07-17-2011, 11:12 PM
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I bought a moss ball today with the intention to attach it to driftwood. However, now that i'm researching it, did I get the wrong type of moss?

Is what I want possible with a common moss ball?

I wouldn't tear apart a moss ball. What you need is java moss or java fern. They look very different, but both can be attached to driftwood.

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post #3 of 16 Old 07-18-2011, 03:33 PM
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I suppose, theoretically, you could tear the moss ball.. Most people like them because they're round though.

It probably won't ever attach to the wood. I agree, a 'real' moss would work better... Willow, flame, java, christmas, starry, you have lots of options.

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post #4 of 16 Old 07-18-2011, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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I have not seen, or at least noticed any of those types of mosses locally.Thats why I went for the ball. I will hopefully find some, and use that. The ball is pretty cool though
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post #5 of 16 Old 07-19-2011, 01:38 PM
I don't see Java moss for sale much, but occasionally come across it at my LFS. When it is starting out, you need to attach it to something or weigh it down. It takes a while before it attaches itself. Often, at first it appears brown. Don't give up. I had mine weighted with gravel on driftwood and I think that I lost much of it through the filter, but that was around December and now I have a bit of green java moss that is clearly attached to the wood.
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post #6 of 16 Old 07-19-2011, 05:11 PM
moss balls will not attach to objects in the tank. some aquascapers use nylon fishnets to tie the moss to wood, which is neat but the moss ball does not attach naturally.

java moss and various other mosses can be found for cheap online. Aquabid often has people selling these plants with free shipping.
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post #7 of 16 Old 07-22-2011, 10:34 AM
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If you go to the classifieds or just look around online, you might be able to find some cladophora algae that will attach easily.

It's an invasive algae, and technically the same species as the moss ball. (Just doesn't stay in a ball)
I'm sure you could get it for free..

Here's an ADA entry called 'Algae-scape' that uses it extensively.

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post #8 of 16 Old 07-22-2011, 01:18 PM
I has this one, its sometimes sold as a moss ball, and its TERRIBLE. very hard to control, lots and lots of trimming.... i tried it in a betta tank for a while, became so unmanagable. I was trimming it down every other day because it was growing so unevenly and quickly.
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post #9 of 16 Old 07-22-2011, 02:10 PM
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If you place them next to an airstone, then they'll tumble and grow evenly.

You also might have gotten a 'fake' moss ball, which is the other type of Cladophora just glued into a ball shape.

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post #10 of 16 Old 07-22-2011, 02:13 PM
real "moss ball" doesnt attach to anyhting, the fake one does, which is the clado that does attach to things. I have both. The fake balls break apart easily, like you can unravel it whereas the real thing is a lot harder to separate.
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