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Inga 07-09-2011 02:38 PM

How to make Marimo Balls?
 
Alright, this is likely another stupid question but... Can a person make Marimo balls just by squeezing Java Moss into a ball shape and repeatedly reshaping it?

redchigh 07-09-2011 02:41 PM

Marimo balls are actually a species of algae- cladophora I believe.

It's native to asia, and forms the typical round shape all on it's own. Cladophora only grows spherical in one area of asia, and is a common nuisance algae elsewhere. Some cheap moss balls are actually the nuisance cladophora rolled into a ball, but eventually they fall apart-

By comparison, the real moss balls will always stay round (-ish).. You can even cut them in half, and eventually both balls will form into complete circles again, albeit smaller.

Inga 07-09-2011 03:11 PM

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Originally Posted by redchigh (Post 729019)
Marimo balls are actually a species of algae- cladophora I believe.

It's native to asia, and forms the typical round shape all on it's own. Cladophora only grows spherical in one area of asia, and is a common nuisance algae elsewhere. Some cheap moss balls are actually the nuisance cladophora rolled into a ball, but eventually they fall apart-

By comparison, the real moss balls will always stay round (-ish).. You can even cut them in half, and eventually both balls will form into complete circles again, albeit smaller.


I see. That is kind of what I thought but thought it was worth a try. I have so much Java Moss in my tank, I have been tossing it out all over and just thought if I could roll it up in a ball, it would take less space. ha ha

redchigh 07-09-2011 03:14 PM

Try trading it. I for one am always looking for more java moss.

Inga 07-09-2011 03:37 PM

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Originally Posted by redchigh (Post 729043)
Try trading it. I for one am always looking for more java moss.

What do you do with all of it? Doesn't it take over your tank? Some of what I have been tossing has some algae mixed in with it. The light was left on for about 48 hours straight when I was in the hospital and I got a big algae breakout. It is getting much much better but... still a little in there on certain plants.


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