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Old 09-13-2011, 04:36 PM   #1 
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Are moss balls good?

I heard Moss balls help with controlling ammonia, is this true?
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Old 09-13-2011, 04:42 PM   #2 
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Moss balls should be in everyone's tanks. Not sure about the specs, but I'm pretty sure they absorb ammonia. Either way they look cool and are super hardy little things. Ebay sells them dirt cheap (I got 5 reg size ones coming to me for 99c bid winning and 5$ shipping)
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Old 09-13-2011, 04:56 PM   #3 
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I will only buy one it it absorbs ammonia.

I have enough decor. ;)
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Old 09-13-2011, 07:12 PM   #4 
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Well it is not going to get rid of all of your ammonia... You will still have to do the same number of water changes depending on your tank size. It won't change that. You would have to have quite a few to make a notable difference.

However they are nice and fluffy and my bettas like to rest on them sometimes. They are also wonderful if you have shrimp because the shimp get to feed off little food bits that get caught.
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I have a Goldfish tank, a shrimp bowl, and, of course my Betta tank.
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Old 09-13-2011, 07:27 PM   #6 
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Depending on the size of your goldfish, you could have moss balls in all of your tanks. They actually prefer cooler temps than our bettas need (however they do fine in 80+ water!).

Mine pearl like crazy. I joke that they are trying to get one of my boys to build a bubble nest because he won't. They are really cool, but be careful, they are a gateway plant. Soon you will be thinking about doing the whole tank planted!
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Old 09-13-2011, 07:30 PM   #7 
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>.< He is small for now, only 3 inches. He might eat it. He has eaten all my live plants.
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Old 09-13-2011, 08:59 PM   #8 
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Mossballs are usually fairly large...it's not physically possible for them to be eaten unless you buy the micro moss balls. Regular moss balls are usually 2" in diameter.

They do a very good job controlling algae by removing nitrates from the water (and some ammonia), but as Kyt said, they shouldn't replace your water changes.
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Old 09-13-2011, 09:02 PM   #9 
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I wasn't looking for them to.

Do you think it would be okay with a Pleco? If it removed all the Algae my Pleco would starve...
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I'm not sure how WELL they control algae (it depends on how much nitrate/light) but I would personally feed my pleco algae wafers instead of relying on it to scavenge, haha.
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