Ok... so I've decided that when my new tank arrives, I am going to get a marimo moss ball (probably not for a week or two). The moss balls at our local petsmart are genuine marimo, as I was hunting around looking for real ones to see where I could avoid the fakes.
But I have a question for anyone with the real deal.
I have read a lot about their growth, and I could be mixing things up. The fakes grow fast and multiply or split? IF by any chance I do end up with a fake that does this, what on earth do you do with all those extra moss balls if you have no one to give them to and don't want to fill up the tank with them? Also, how long does it take the non-marimo moss balls to grow large enough to split in 2 of the same size it was when purchased?
And as far as the genuine marimo moss balls... I've read they grow slow. But I'm a bit confused. Do they ever split and multiply like the java moss or non-marimo kind? and how slow IS slow? like... will the 4" moss ball at the petsmart become a 6" moss ball in a few weeks, and reach 8 or more inches? or am I getting it wrong?
I am too intimidated by planted tanks to try them out really. I mean come on. My carrots last year didn't get past 2" and my radishes were pathetic! But it seems that genuine marimo moss balls are super easy to care for, and isn't any real plant life better than none?
I'm fairly certain what they are selling are real marimo moss balls because it isn't spikey type.. more like soft fuzzy type texture.