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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-02-2013, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Moss Ball/Riccia

I bought a moss ball today and it just floats around on the surface!
Is it supposed to float? if not, what do I do to make it sink?

Also, I was thinking about buying Riccia and was wondering how much light it needs and if it needs to float on the surface or if I can submerge it under water?

Any help would be great!
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-02-2013, 09:13 PM
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Try holding it under the water?
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I have riccia growing in a tank that receives only indirect sunlight. It grows much looser and doesn't form the tight mats that it does when under good lighting.

You can tie riccia down to something but it tends to come loose and spread around your tank when pieces of it break off.

Some people hate it. I am not one of them. I used to let it grow in thick mats at the surface of my sorority and my females used to slither across it to get to the front of the tank.

Is your moss ball marimo or actual moss? If it is moss, it could be that there is a polystyrene ball or something they have attached the moss to and this is why it won't sink. I have seen that done before.


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I tried to hold it under water but it just pops up to the surface!
and im not sure what kind it is.
all I know that it is a Fluval brand moss ball.
any ideas on how to sink it?

also, would three simple LED's be enough for the riccia?
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sometimes holding it underwater and squeezing it will make it sink. If not it should sink in time if it isn't the kind mentioned above. For the normal kind squeezing them out of water adds air pockets and makes them float.

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yeah, i see now that it is the artificial kind...
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Ah, did you keep the packet to see whether it is supposed to sink or float? I thought they were supposed to sink as they are meant to resemble marimo balls. But I could be way off.

I would recommend giving it a few hard squeezes then and see if it has any air trapped in it.

LEDs are usually fairly weak and some are no good for live plants at all, so it depends on what kind of LEDs they are.


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it doesn't say weather it is supposed to sink or float,
but the picture shows it on the bottom of the tank
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Never mind! I squeezed it and it sank!
Thank you!
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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-03-2013, 12:18 AM
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I tied my riccia to round rock with fishing line, to a driftwood branch with fishing line, and clamped between a mesh thing i got at LFS with 1/2 inch holes and they are growing great, only a few pieces drift loose now and then and I just scoop them out and throw them in a bowl. You can also get stainless steel mesh then sandwich the riccia between that and a plastic mesh like the stuff those shower washy things are made of for a carpet.

My light is an LED 7000k 9 watts which made the riccia grow like crazy, I attached a picture of the growth between 3/7 and 4/1

fluval moss ball - it's not a real moss bal, its just a carbon filter. if you just let it soak in the tank for a while it should eventually sink. (and don't run it hot water ever I destroyed the shape of mine that way :/ )
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