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This is going to be a great resource!! Thanks!!!

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well it can only be as good as the forms people fill out!
I need info on mrimo moss balls, amazon swords, hornworts and vals!
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Well lol I'm a plant newbie. But I haven't killed my marimos yet. Going to try water wisteria or sprite next.
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i can try marimos if you need it,

Plant: Marimo moss balls
Scientific name: Aegagropila linnaei
Max Height of plant: said to be 8-12"; however, they grow at a rate of about .5 mm/year, so reaching this size would take decades.
Max width of plant: n/a
Leaf size: no leaves per se- a thick furry surface of tiny hairs
Minimum Lighting for growth: low
Easy/medium/hard?: easy
Color: bright green to dark green
Comments/suggestions on this plant: true marimos are not actually made of moss, but of a species of algae that grows in a spherical shape. some petstores sell other mosses as "marimo balls" that have been wrapped around a styrafoam ball (the ones i have seen have been java moss); look closely at its texture. if it's a true marimo it should look like a mat of short soft fur, no leaves or needles attaching to central stems.

marimos keep their shape by being rolled around in strong currents when grown in the wild, so if you want it to retain its round shape, you have to take it out & roll it between your hands every couple weeks- or you can let it flatten itself on to the substrate or a piece of driftwood. marimos also must be turned over occasionally to give both sides of the sphere time in the light, or the bottom will turn brown. being an algae, they are sensitive to algaecides and high doses of excel. they are a nice plant for even the most low-tech aquarium, but they absorb almost nothing in the way of nutrients, because they grow so slowly. to reproduce, break one marimo in to smaller pieces and roll them gently in your hands to make them round. keep in mind that it will take a very very long time for small marimos to grow though.

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awesome! that's going to go in the plant profiles right away. I wanted to start with beginner plants to start people who are a little lost off :)

I did think they were a type of clado algae. will have to look it up
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If I ever see a 12" marimo I will name it BRUCE after the shark on finding nemo LOL!!!

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I've seen a 6 in one haha XD
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Amazon sword- There seem to be a few different types. I have one in my 10 gallon tank that only grew to be about 4 inches, but one in my 55 gallon tank is over 24 inches. I have 2 other plants that were called "Amazon Sword", but the leaves are shaped slightly differently. They are easy to take care of, and do okay in low-light.


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Oh, I just realized you've edited the original post and want to be way more specific than I have been. Sorry! I'll put some things together later.


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that's ok^__^ it just makes it easier to get the right info =D I dont own any amazon sword or any of the bigger plants, so any info on those would be great. even better if you know the specific sp.
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