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Old 11-24-2012, 02:10 PM   #1 
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What exactly are Marmio Moss Balls?

I always see the Marmio Balls in Petsmart, and I just think they look really cool. But what do they do, and what do you have to do to care for them? And most importantly, should I get one?
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Old 11-24-2012, 02:12 PM   #2 
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I have one, its a live plant. Its really easy to take care of. You just squeeze the ball to get rid of the stuff that it absorb when it was in there. and you should be good. But I might be wrong lol.
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Old 11-24-2012, 05:38 PM   #3 
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it's a type of algae. extremely slow growing...
naturally forms at the bottom of a lake in japan. the current rolls it around and makes it into a ball shape.
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Old 11-24-2012, 06:09 PM   #4 
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it's a type of algae. extremely slow growing...
naturally forms at the bottom of a lake in japan. the current rolls it around and makes it into a ball shape.
Okay, do they have any benefits for the tank? Also, how do I care for it if I get one?
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Old 11-24-2012, 06:11 PM   #5 
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Since it's a living plant, it sucks up ammonia and nitrate. You don't really do anything to care for it. It's a low-high light plant, and that's about it. :) I have 2, their names are Ben & Jerry.
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Old 11-24-2012, 06:11 PM   #6 
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marimo needs little to no care, you need to roll it a few times a week to keep it green. otherwise the part that doesnt see light wil turn brown.

once in a while take it out and give it a firm squeeze roll it in your palms and put it back in. marimo isnt really a high light warm temp plant, so keeping it in lower light is optimum.
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Aokashi is the master of plants here, including kfryman.
And, thank you for reminding me, Ao! I need to roll my marimo..
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Old 11-24-2012, 06:19 PM   #8 
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Since it's a living plant, it sucks up ammonia and nitrate. You don't really do anything to care for it. It's a low-high light plant, and that's about it. :) I have 2, their names are Ben & Jerry.
That's so cool, I'm going to get one!

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marimo needs little to no care, you need to roll it a few times a week to keep it green. otherwise the part that doesnt see light wil turn brown.

once in a while take it out and give it a firm squeeze roll it in your palms and put it back in. marimo isnt really a high light warm temp plant, so keeping it in lower light is optimum.
Sounds good! Since your the plant master, is it safe to buy the cheap ones online like on eBay or something? Or is it better to buy in stores?
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Old 11-24-2012, 06:33 PM   #9 
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I actually have no idea XD not a fan of the balls :P
I got mine fore free, flattened it out to let my scuds graze on it ;)

but Ive heard mix reviews about getting it online.... a localguy sells them for $3.50 ea... hes a well trusted source for plants. unfortunately you will have to create a login before you can see his goods

link here

PS i have a long way to go in terms of plant knowledge XD
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:07 PM   #10 
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Since they are slow growing, they don't have a huge effect in terms of ammonia and nitrate. The good thing however, is since it is actually an algae, some people believe that it will keep algae at bay since it will take up the nutrients other algae would need to grow. However, I have no scientific evidence to back it up. I would think it would uptake nutrients, but how much I don't know depends on conditions of the tank as well.
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