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Old 02-06-2013, 04:14 PM   #1 
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Can moss balls absorb parasites/bacteria?

My male, Clifford, passed away this morning from a really horrific rapidly-spreading mystery disease.

He shared a tank with my other male, and there was a moss ball on his side.
I'm currently trying to clean everything out to get rid of any trace of Clifford.

Do you think the moss ball might be harboring something that could eventually kill my other fish?
This might be a dumb question, but I'm still a betta novice...and I really don't know anything about plants.
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:22 PM   #2 
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Yes. A plant barbs chemicals but bacteria/parasites will continue to live on it. Isolate it immediately, then decide to throw it away or try to treat it.
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:23 PM   #3 
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Absorbs gah!
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:38 PM   #4 
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Already isolated! :)
I'll throw it out. I don't want to risk another death any time soon.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:51 PM   #5 
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I had to pitch a couple when I first started with bettas...my first girl got really sick and died, and I kept the moss ball. But then, my second girl got the same illness (everything was sterilized except for the moss ball and an anubias), so it all had to be trashed. I was so sad.

Better safe than sorry, I say.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:30 PM   #6 
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Good advice! Thanks for your help, guys!
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:39 PM   #7 
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Would keeping the moss ball in tap water for a few weeks get rid of the bacteria/parasite since tap has chlorine?
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:46 PM   #8 
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I wouldn't throw it out!! Marimo moss balls make such nice decorations! One sec, I'll double post and show you. ..
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:50 PM   #9 
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Marimo is a Japanese symbol of good luck and long life. They gift these all the time in Japan. These pics are my 5 nano moss balls I received in my order off ebay. I quarentined them for 2-3 weeks in tap water in my window.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:04 PM   #10 
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I don't keep my moss balls in my aquarium because I heard that it can cause planaria outbreaks (which are harmless but super annoying) so I keep mine in a vase with some glass beads by the windowsill and it makes a pretty decoration.
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