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The good old marimo moss ball. One of the easiest in to grow in the hobby. Its almost impossible to kill. These plants are awesome for starting new tanks or to add surface area for shrimp and other animals to snack on the bits of food and biofilm that grow off of them. I personally own about 7 of them. The best part about them is they just have a knack for holding in lots of nutrients microfauna and bio film. What are your thoughts on the marimo moss ball

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1 hour ago, Seized said:

The good old marimo moss ball. One of the easiest in to grow in the hobby. Its almost impossible to kill. These plants are awesome for starting new tanks or to add surface area for shrimp and other animals to snack on the bits of food and biofilm that grow off of them. I personally own about 7 of them. The best part about them is they just have a knack for holding in lots of nutrients microfauna and bio film. What are your thoughts on the marimo moss ball

I probably own 20 or 30 of them, but most of them torn open for various uses. I love em too. 

Using as grass between the rocks on a hill:

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Bonsai tree:

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I wish they wouldn't use moss in the name. From Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marimo

Marimo[a] (also known as Cladophora ball, moss ball, moss ball pets, or lake ball) is a rare growth form of Aegagropila linnaei (a species of filamentous green algae) in which the algae grow into large green balls with a velvety appearance. Marimo are eukaryotic.

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21 hours ago, StephenP2003 said:

I probably own 20 or 30 of them, but most of them torn open for various uses. I love em too. 

Using as grass between the rocks on a hill:

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Bonsai tree:

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When you made your moss ball Bonsai, did you have issues with a ton of floating stray pieces, or did you rinse really well? I attached some to manzanita branches years ago, but I remember it being a huge mess for awhile. I would love to do it again though just wondering if rinsing makes any difference. 

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3 hours ago, Lynze said:

When you made your moss ball Bonsai, did you have issues with a ton of floating stray pieces, or did you rinse really well? I attached some to manzanita branches years ago, but I remember it being a huge mess for awhile. I would love to do it again though just wondering if rinsing makes any difference. 

I rinsed them well per the advice of someone at my LFS. They didn't seam that dirty to begin with, but I didn't have issues with floaters. I did see some of it go gray and die off shortly after, because I used a bit too much super glue. The moss balls have grown noticeably in the past 11 months. 

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20 hours ago, Lynze said:

When you made your moss ball Bonsai, did you have issues with a ton of floating stray pieces, or did you rinse really well? I attached some to manzanita branches years ago, but I remember it being a huge mess for awhile. I would love to do it again though just wondering if rinsing makes any difference. 

Yes, I had loose strands of the marimo moss ball start growing elsewhere in my tank, even though I was regularly rolling the marimo moss in my hands during every water change to maintain its round shape. Not sure why some people experience that and other people have no issues with their moss ball "spreading."

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I have about 70 Marimo balls, combined in several aquariums.  Some are growing quite large.  Really enjoy watching my Mystery Snails go over them like a vacuum that cleans a soft carpet.  Plus, the snails help me roll them around so every side gets some light.

Really like the healthy, dark green appearance they exhibit.  Nice contrast in color if placed by other, differently colored plants.

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4 minutes ago, LiveBearer Fan said:

I have one and it is completely brown. How do I fix this? 

My fish are definitely moving it around.  This is the third location since I added it. 🙂

How warm is your tank? Sometimes being too warm can cause them to brown. It also might not be getting enough nutrients. How long have you had it, and was it nice and green at the time of purchase?

I ordered one from Aquarium Co-Op about a year ago I think, and when it came it had a little brown spot on it (it can happen during shipping or if one side just didn't get enough light in its tank). But over time and making sure to turn it, it grew back in green. It's now a happy little fuzz ball. 

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Just now, LiveBearer Fan said:

My tank is 78-80 degrees. I have not added any fertilizer to the water at all. I do roll the moss in my hands with each water change.

I am ordering root tabs today and possibly some Easy Green liquid for my stem plants.

The ball was green when I bought it.

Hmph. Are there any green spots left? It might be too far gone to save. You could try putting it in a glass on the window sill and just give it some TLC, see if it comes back. 

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9 minutes ago, LiveBearer Fan said:

I just removed the ball from the aquarium to place it in the window (my male molly was not happy; he was eating off of it). Turns out, it is kind of green! YAY! 

You know, it might just be dirty, and so the green isn't getting light and such. Every time I do a water change I take mine and rinse it / gently squeeze it out under the tank water, and then give it a little roll between my hands. You could try just doing that and see if it improves.

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