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I just ordered three 5cm marimo from a wholesale company in the UK which I plan to add to my (currently cycling) 5 gallon tank. I plan on adding a betta and a small community of either ghost or cherry shrimps (which I hope he won't eat :roll:).
I have to confess that, as a Japanophile I have always wanted a marimo of my own. Now I will have three! ^_^

I am excited for them to get here, they will be my first additions to the tank, even before my fish get added. Everyone I've talked to online that has them says they are very easy to get attatched to, like having little algea ball pets. I guess because they move around the tank on their own sometimes, like little animals, and sink and float seemingly because they "choose" or "want" to do so. I know they are just plants, but I am very excited. I dare say I...I may name the marimo when they arrive :oops:.
These will also be my first live plants in any fish tank I've ever owned! Hooray! My first tentative steps towards the planted tank I eventually want to maintain some day. I look at the aquascapes with big stones, and drift wood rising gracefully out of underwater fields of javamoss and drool.
And you know as an added bonus they will keep my algea growth down to an almost non existant level, if what I read online about them is correct they are excellent little tank filters and three in a 5 gallon with the help of my shrimp and tank filter should keep the tank sparkling!

I know it's stupid to be so excited over balls of algea, but my first real hobby tank is coming together so well I just want to jump for joy and finding these marimo were the icing on my fishy cake!
 

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There is nothing stupid in being excited about the things you enjoy.
It's also a good step forward for you, from plastic to real plants. Maybe in time you can get more plants, rocks and some driftwood and drool looking at your own tank.
They wont keep algae away but they do tend to be somewhat of a filter and if you wash them when they get to dirty(they tend to "attract" the dirt in the tank) they will look very nice.
Good luck on your planted adventure. Post some pics when you get them.
 

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Java moss is also super easy to grow- I'm sure you could handle it. :)
I have been looking into java moss, but right now I don't see any place to put it in my tank. It will be going in my next, bigger tank though.
 

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Chopstick chick, i love ur avatar, portal was one of my favorite games.

remember to roll the marimo balls, its a type of algae and will unravel and spread out, so you gotta roll it occasionally.
 

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i hear you can attach the marimo ball to objects and it will grow along the object. Im actually gonna try this out soon in my tank. Welcome to the forum ^^
 

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I now have four of these suckers in my 10 gallon. They're pretty great, when you gently squeeze them out, they float again and bob around until they sink back to the bottom. My betta sorta' follows them around when they're floating, like he's fascinated by them.
 
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