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post #1 of 13 Old 04-25-2013, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
Question What do Marimo moss balls do?

I can't seem to find any info about them, Some say that they help clean the water or that they help fight algae, I want to know as much as I can before I invest in one.
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post #2 of 13 Old 04-25-2013, 03:39 PM
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They are technically an algae that just grows on itself and forms a ball.

All plants take in co2 and excess nutrients that nuisance algae would normally take advantage of. Plants also harbor beneficial organisms, and produce oxygen.

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post #3 of 13 Old 04-25-2013, 04:54 PM
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They do clean the water...
bur since they grow so slowly they do so at a rather insignificant rate. lol
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post #4 of 13 Old 04-25-2013, 04:57 PM
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They roll around the tank, if you have enough current.
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post #5 of 13 Old 04-25-2013, 05:05 PM
I haven't really had any good experiences with them. Why? Because I put 1 marimo ball into a 5g tank to get rid of some algae problem as I have heard that it would. 2 weeks later and the algae took over the ball and killed it because it started to turn brown. Actually, it seemed as if it made the tank worse by feeding the algae so I just decide to throw it away and clean the tank out. I still like them because they are good for shrimp tanks, but haven't gotten one ever since.

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post #6 of 13 Old 04-25-2013, 07:09 PM
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they are for form over function and need higher light to survive along with other plants in the tank imo anyways
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post #7 of 13 Old 04-25-2013, 07:19 PM
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Mine is doing quite well in a tank with a light that only works every 3rd or 4th day. I've only got it and some wisteria in the tank.

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post #8 of 13 Old 04-25-2013, 07:19 PM
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I don't believe they need high light at all~ after all they did originate from a deep cold lake >.>
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post #9 of 13 Old 04-25-2013, 07:20 PM
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never had luck with them in any of my past lowlight setups but then again frogbit dies a fast death in my tank too. each system is different just shareing my personal experience/opinion about them ^^
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post #10 of 13 Old 04-25-2013, 07:27 PM
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haha~ oh dear
When I went to Japan, I saw people keeping them in little jars XD
I think it was a goodluck thing or something
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