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03-14-2014, 04:06 AM #1
Moss ball good for aquarium?
The only live plant I have successfully maintained in an aquarium has been a moss ball. I was told (or read somewhere?) that they will grow. I have had this one in my aquarium for about a year, and I haven't noticed any growth at all. I was just notified that it is algae, and requires a lot of light to grow. OK so that explains the lack of growth.
Are mossballs good for the aquarium after all? The LFS charges 8 bucks for one that is about an inch in diameter. I really don't mind buying one for another aquarium, but I'd hope that it would be doing something to make the water healthier for the fish. In this one, it would just be 1 or 2 community fish, a snail, and a couple of ghost shrimp.Paul
03-14-2014, 12:26 PM #2
IMO anything green is good for the aquarium - even algae. Having said that, I imagine that the effect of one small moss ball in an aquarium would be close to negligible. For plants to have a noticeable "health" benefit, they have to be quite numerous.
Your shrimp would likely enjoy the moss ball the most. I believe it would be more beneficial for the tank to have one than not, but not in any significant way.
How do you care for your mossball? I only recently learned myself that they are formed by rolling free in the water - so in order to do well and grow they should be rolled over regularly to expose the entire surface to light and flow - not just sit in one spot.
03-14-2014, 12:47 PM #3
+1 to the above
All different types of algae have been used in aquariums as a part of the overall filtration for many years. But you do need a lot of it to make a very impactfull differenceIf you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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03-14-2014, 03:06 PM #4
03-14-2014, 04:05 PM #5
Marimo Balls are made of Cladophora algae. You could potentially create your own moss ball, if you collected a bunch of Cladophora and rolled it up. I used to have it growing in my 75gal about a year or so ago. In its' free-flowing form, it seems to grow much more swiftly than it does rolled up like the Marimo balls, but they're not breaking any records either way.
Agreed with the others - this will only benefit your tank, but only slightly. It does promote some amount of clarity, in that it absorbs nitrates (like any other algae/plant). Since it's a slow grower, it won't be as effective as other forms of algae or fast growing plants (like cabomba or water sprite). As mentioned, any shrimp would enjoy it, since it will collect debris like detritus. Shrimp won't eat this algae, but will certainly sift through it for other goodies.
03-14-2014, 07:01 PM #6
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03-18-2014, 11:56 AM #9
I'll try the Amazon frogbit. Of all the plants I"ve bought at LFS the only one that hasn't died has been the moss ball, but I'll give amazon frogbit a try. It looks very attractive, as well.Paul
03-18-2014, 05:41 PM #10
Every once in awhile it's a good idea to take the moss ball out of the tank and squeeze it out a few times in a bowl of tank water. They tend to rot from the inside over time without a good rinsing.