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Old 03-04-2010, 03:50 PM   #11
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Moss balls.
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Old 03-04-2010, 10:51 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Freddy View Post
Moss balls.
my shrimp agree, wholeheartedly : )
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Old 03-05-2010, 09:34 AM   #13
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Can someone give me some info on these moss balls? I might order 1 or 2 to try them out. Maybe put 1 in my 5g and 1 or 2 in my 55g. Do they grow large? Difficulty? Etc. Any info is appreciated.
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Old 03-05-2010, 09:44 AM   #14
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well, it's just moss that they sell in balls basically. in my tanks, they do best when they are allowed the free passage of water through them...the shrimp help with this. they manicure it so that it's always looking nice and fluffy. some people don't like it to spread all over so they use screens or strings to hold it down to a surface or dw. i keep mine in small areas. my shrimp breed and feed there. i have java moss but there are all kinds of mosses.
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Old 03-05-2010, 09:57 AM   #15
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I was considering it for my 5g betta tank that I will have ghost shrimp in as well. Also thinking of the 55g. What do you mean, free passage of water? Like put it near the filter outake so water runs through it?
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Old 03-05-2010, 10:14 AM   #16
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Clarification is needed it seems-
There are two types-
one is a "ball of moss" which is some type of moss (almost any type) trained to grow over a coconut shell or screen ball.

The other is the Authentic moss ball called a "marimo" ball. The Marimo balls grow in a lake in japan, and people grow them in jars in their windowsill. I would imagine, based on that, marimo balls do not need water current.

Marimo balls grow slowly but can get to a limitless size. (we're talking years and years and years to double in size.
They naturally form a sphere- if you get one, and break it apart, the half will eventually form into spheres (only smaller of course)

I read an article by a pet store owner-
He ordered several baseball-sized marimo balls and had them in a rubbermaid container for quarantine.

He went into another room to answer the phone, came back, and his dog had SHREDDED every one of the balls, with little clumps of moss all over the floor.

He ended up with several dozen tiny marimo balls instead.

Also, it is neat to have them in a current because they will move around, seemingly of their own control.

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Old 03-05-2010, 10:30 AM   #17
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Thank you, Redchigh. I am talking about marimo balls that I would order through Sweet Aquatics. They sound pretty neat and seem easy enough to take care of.
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Old 03-05-2010, 02:15 PM   #18
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those sound wonderful, especially in a 55 gallon! (in my little ten gallon it would probably just bounce back and forth like that old school atari game)
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Old 03-05-2010, 02:35 PM   #19
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I was gonig to put 1 or 2 in my 5g, and 1 or 2 in my 55g. Think that will work?
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