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Old 07-17-2011, 03:34 PM   #1 
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Smile Moss balls??

I've been thinking about getting a moss ball for each of my betta tanks! I think they're so cute, and I bet my bettas would enjoy them! I can't seem to find any good information on caring for these things X_X
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What is required to be able to keep a moss ball???
How do I sterilize/quarantine it before putting it in my tank???
Any other pro's and con's on these plants would help alot!!

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Old 07-17-2011, 05:20 PM   #2 
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Yknow, I'm interested in this, too. Do they require nothing special, or would it be better to get a silk plant?
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Old 07-17-2011, 06:57 PM   #3 
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I too am interested!

Though to answer your question diablo13, moss balls do not really provide a hiding place like other plants (fake, silk or plastic) can. So I am not sure if it would be an either/or, but maybe an addition to. That being said, if you have a cave or other hiding places, I suppose you don't really need to have plants for hiding places.
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Old 07-17-2011, 07:06 PM   #4 
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Thanks, and I'm really sorry for mooching of your thread, indyfishy!
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Old 07-17-2011, 09:47 PM   #5 
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I don't own any but am too planning on getting some (tomorrow actually!!) and from what I've heard they are like the typical plant.
They prefer cooler water but are fine in regular heated aquariums and occasionally you need to take them out and squeeze all the dirt and toxins they absorb like you would a sponge.
Other than that I haven't heard of anything special you have to do.
After I get mine I'll post on how they're doing just being taken care of regularly.
Unless someone else wants to offer some advice they know will work!
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:01 AM   #6 
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I have a moss ball:

Doesn't provide hiding places, but my betta doesn't seem to care. He ignores it actually.
Probably good to QT it, since it could carry snails, etc.
No special care. I avoid Seachem EXCEL in that tank, as I hear it's bad for moss balls.
I take it out and rinse it in used tank water when changing water.

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Old 07-18-2011, 11:50 AM   #7 
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If you don't have a current make sure to flip it so all of it gets light.
It's actually not moss but algae forming constantly outwards in a ball shape. Commonly found in Japan and considered a treasure. You can tear it into pieces and it will start growing into baby moss balls. Ohh and they are called Marimo in Japan.

I don't think you have to worry about snails or algae eaters nibbling on it.

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Old 07-18-2011, 12:59 PM   #8 
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I'm curious, too. I noticed some at my local Petsmart, but they were listed as needing 20+ gallons. Is this true?
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:02 PM   #9 
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No I have one in my 10 gal. Just as long as it gets brushed off and squeezed once in awhile, and gets enough light it will do fine. Remember to turn it to keep it in a ball and get all sides in the light.
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No I have one in my 10 gal. Just as long as it gets brushed off and squeezed once in awhile, and gets enough light it will do fine. Remember to turn it to keep it in a ball and get all sides in the light.
Okay, thanks! Good to know.

Though I confess your description of care made me giggle a little. If only other things (i.e., my husband) needed such simple care
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