Oh I hope I didn't mislead others to think I grew that tank!! It was an aquascape of the month few years back.
I am always amazed at how much work, equipment, $$$ and patience goes into the most simple and elegant planted tanks. Love them, but I agree I absolutely do not have that kind of patience or passion for it. And in the tank the only livestock is some shrimp, no fish at all!
I would love to do a marimo bonsai one day. Just thought I would post what I thought was the best use I have seen of the marimo ball. I do think that when they are perfectly round, they can look out of place in a natural style scape and it is not necessary to grow the that way.
Well, I half-wondered if you did do that tank but I thought maybe you still had your hands full with getting your QT tank set up so I wasn't sure . . . It's beautiful, though, that's for sure. I bet you could easily put together a tank like that if you had the time, though, lessandler.
Patience. I lack patience. And you should see my aquascaping. I'm the stick it in the gravel/sand and hope it doesn't float back up kind of aquascaper, hahaha.
These balls sound hilarious/awesome/super cool! I saw a few at my petsmart the other day. I totally want to get one now. I even have a spare tank that I could toss it in for quarantine. My friends are going to be so jealous of me and my green ball(s).
Now I have to decide which tank I want to put my moss ball. Someday I want one for all my tanks but I think I actually bought one of my tanks for less than the moss ball. And fishcurl, I love your new sig even more, hahaha.
I got mine off ebay and was pleasantly surprised by the size, and they were in perfect condition... but I forget from who. They looked almost oversized in my fluval edge and could have easily been split. Only downside is they grow very very very slowly though.
As far as a tank like the photo, I find betta keeping to be challenging enough. Add weekly plant trimming, high light, C02, ferts and everything he had to do and maybe when I am retired I will go for it. But I do think a marimo tree is doable... Just having a plant carpet really sets off the whole surrealism of it and there really isn't any low tech plant carpets.
Anyway can't wait to see the influx of marimo balls that seem to be coming in. Love that everyone is giving them names. Under high light and current they can pearl with oxygen and float and move about like they are little animals... so cute. :)