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Old 09-23-2011, 11:42 AM   #1 
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Moss Balls?

Sorry for the dumb question, but What exactly ARE moss balls?
I've seen posts about them and stuff but are they like living creatures of plants? XD
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Old 09-23-2011, 12:20 PM   #2 
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Moss balls are a type of Algae found in several lakes in the northern hemisphere(Japan, Scotland, Japan, and Estonia). This form of algae is called Marimo. They are great at starving the algae in your aquarium and helping the water quality. They are interesting because they will float and sink depending when they need more light. Sometimes lumps will start forming on a moss ball, that's a new moss ball being formed. Some people don't want to wait and break their ball in a bunch of small balls.

Marimo tend to pick up debris in the tank, and should be gently squeezed to get all the water out, and rinsed in clean water before putting back in the tank. It's also good to take them out and roll them around your hand to maintain their sphere shape. In the lakes where they come from the current keeps moves them around and keeps the round shape that people love.



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Old 09-23-2011, 12:24 PM   #3 
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Sorry for the dumb question, but What exactly ARE moss balls? I've seen posts about them and stuff but are they like living creatures of plants? XD
a ball of living moss (plant)... here is a pic of one in my tank... my kids name all of their moss balls Kenny... lol.
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Old 09-23-2011, 12:59 PM   #4 
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Cool! I'd soooo love to have one of those! They sounds great! Thanks, Copper! BTW I LOVE Arabians, well all horses really, Especially QH's and Arabs though. ;)

LOL! That's cute, justemoi!
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Old 09-23-2011, 01:23 PM   #5 
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I looove Quarter horse, Frisians, Anglo Arabs, and Arabians. I road on a Quarter/Belgium named Pohaku who I loved, but it was only once, there's a pic of him below. I used to Volunteer at a Ranger stable too :D

This is Pohakua
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Old 09-23-2011, 03:41 PM   #6 
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Wow! That's soooo cool! Lucky dog. ;) He's beautiful! Man, look at that tail and his DAPPLES!!!!!
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Old 09-24-2011, 05:19 PM   #7 
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He reminded me of a knights horse and he was so tall I loved it :D I would love a horse one day, but I don't know if I'll ever have the time to take care of one. I was torn between horses and birds but picked birds.
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Old 09-24-2011, 06:08 PM   #8 
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Do Moss Balls really helpwater quality? I have a Nitrate problem. Not deadly, but it is in the 60s.
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Old 09-24-2011, 06:28 PM   #9 
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They can help, but water changes are more helpful.
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Old 09-24-2011, 07:27 PM   #10 
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I hear yah. >.<
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