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Old 07-18-2011, 09:38 PM   #11 
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I had one in my five gallon tank. I never took it out to squeeze it, and that thing grew like a weed. I never rotated it either. No one ever told me you had to do that. We just cut it recently and used it in hubby's larger tank, and it grew like a weed in there too. It now is starting a new growth spurt in my 20 gallon tank. I really like them. They are nice and soft for the bettas to lay on, which Po did quite often. We just bought two more tonight, so I am hoping they grow as well in the new tanks.
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:41 PM   #12 
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Here is a picture of it to give you an idea of how much it grew. The big green plant on the right is the moss ball...lol
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:47 PM   #13 
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never had one i have seen them i think they look cool though
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:48 PM   #14 
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Here is a picture of it to give you an idea of how much it grew. The big green plant on the right is the moss ball...lol
wheres the betta in that picture???
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:23 PM   #15 
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Here is a picture of it to give you an idea of how much it grew. The big green plant on the right is the moss ball...lol
Hm, looks like java moss to me. Or maybe something else

This is a moss ball.



They grow very slowly and are very easy to take care of. As others have said they just need to be squeezed and rinsed off every once in a while. I clean mine about once a week.
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Old 07-19-2011, 02:03 AM   #16 
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Newf's photo looks like christmas tree moss lumped together. Definitely not a marimo ball which is algae and grows very slowly. I had heard that they may out compete other algae for nutrients and therefore is a good addition to a planted tank.

I had 2 and they are easy to care for, just as people described with care, any light, turn to keep round etc. They do collect mulm though and you do need to rinse them out in tank water on occasion.
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Old 07-19-2011, 04:48 AM   #17 
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I had heard that they may out compete other algae for nutrients and therefore is a good addition to a planted tank.

I had 2 and they are easy to care for, just as people described with care, any light, turn to keep round etc. They do collect mulm though and you do need to rinse them out in tank water on occasion.
You have just convinced me that my life will not be complete without one!
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Old 07-19-2011, 07:39 AM   #18 
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It was a java moss ball we bought at Petco, not a marimo ball. It was attached to a ping pong ball attached to a line and a weight.

The betta was in his log.
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Now I have a question, you all say that it wasn't a moss ball, but I was told it was a java moss ball. So what is the difference between what you all are talking about. I would assume a moss ball would be any type of moss presented in a ball form. Or are only certain types of moss considered to be a moss ball per se.

It looked just like these when I bought it. And I still have the original one that is growing out again.
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Old 07-19-2011, 08:30 AM   #20 
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This is what i got last week
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWNX:IT

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Excellent gift for your friend or loved ones to signify everlasting love....

The Japanese believe that Marimo will bring good luck. Hence, they grow it in a glass bottle with just some water & ceiling light. Water change is only required once every 2 weeks.

Marimo is a very popular plant in Japan. Currently protected by the authorities to prevent extinction. The growth rate of Marimo is about 5 mm per year. Hence a giant marimo is about 7 years old!

This plant does NOT cause algae problem. Live Plants is a natural biological filter to remove ammonia in aquarium.
Propagate by dividing into smaller pieces, which become spherical over time.
Negligible maintenance required.
No carbon dioxide injection required for healthy growth.
The ones in the auction pic looked really tiny.
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