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Old 04-05-2011, 09:05 PM   #1 
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"Marimo balls"

Are these the weird looking moss ball things I see in most of your guys tanks? My local pet store sells them and I just wanted to know the specifics on them such as care, etc. I may get one for my 5 gallon tank. :)
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:40 PM   #2 
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They're really easy to care for, they're needs are very basic and they can handle an array of temps and water conditions. They're actually an algae and are said to out compete any other algae that may try to grow, there for, will not be able to. Marimo balls are the only algae people actually want to grow, lol. They tend to collect a lot of debris so everyone in a while you just rinse them off, they also should be turned every once in a while so that they stay green all around. ^^

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Old 04-05-2011, 10:54 PM   #3 
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Ok, thanks for the great info! I'll be buying one in the near-future!
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:11 PM   #4 
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i adore Marimo balls. i've seen teeny tiny ones in little glass bottles on keychains in Japan, and want one so bad. o3o i'd grow it, then put it in my tanks when it gets bigger!
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:12 PM   #5 
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lol, I like the funny description of care. Rinse them off and turn them once in a while. They're very cool looking.
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:23 PM   #6 
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Lol, it's true! They're so simple. :D

They do this thing called pearling in which oxygen bubbles form around the ball and then lift it up to the surface to photosynthesize! :D Also, keep in mind they grow very slowly... I think it's like 5mm a year. :O
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:30 PM   #7 
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So the whole ball floats up? That's the weirdest aquarium plant ever, lol. I like weird stuff.
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:37 PM   #8 
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I love my marimo balls. They just look so fuzzy :p (like good fuzzy, not creepy fuzzy)

Easiest things to care for too. Plop them in, rinse them off, turn them over.
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Old 04-06-2011, 12:19 AM   #9 
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What sort of lighting is best for them? Would a standard flourescent tube left on for about eight hours a day be ok, or do they prefer more/less light?
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Mine did fine in standard florescent. In the full-spectrum lighting I have now, I need to turn it over more often, I've found. That, and it seems to grow faster.
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