06-04-2014, 11:03 AM
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Dojo loaches and marimo moss ball
I have a marimo moss ball with my dojo loaches... or, at least, I used to. One day I came home to find the rear half of a fish protruding from the moss ball. Startled and worried that he was trapped, I reached for the marimo and he scooted out and zipped away. I examined the thing and found that they had tunneled completely through it. Over the next few weeks it became a favorite hiding place as they continued to rip it apart. It's now in multiple fragments.
Has anyone else kept marimo moss balls with dojo loaches? Is there a danger of a dojo getting trapped? I think part of the problem may have been the moss ball itself -- it might not have been getting enough light, and the inside can lose cohesion when that happens. I'm not sure.
I'm in the process of upgrading to a larger aquarium for the loaches, and it has brighter lighting. I really like moss balls and I'd like to add some, but not if it's a danger to the loaches.