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    I was upset a few months ago when my Dwarf gourami decided to build a nest out of my $12 algae ball. He did a great good of shredding it into little pieces. I have spent the last 2 months pulling the stuff off the filter intake. Now I am glad I did. Each of the little blobs have started to grow into new balls. I have gone from one ball to 5 or 6. Apparently, they are natural little sponge filters.
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    hehe, funny image in my head :)
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    Are they really considered to be sponge filters?
    I just may have to pickup one of those this week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by willisrad
    Are they really considered to be sponge filters?
    I just may have to pickup one of those this week.
    Yeah, they absorb nitrates as well, making them better than sponge filters. Just put them in an area with some water flow.
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    I've heard of/seen moss balls, but not algae balls...any links?
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    Quote Originally Posted by xoolooxunny
    I've heard of/seen moss balls, but not algae balls...any links?
    I think that's what AM means, moss balls.
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    I think that's what AM means, moss balls.
    well if that's the case, I can get them hear for about 4-5 USD a piece. I hope you can get some big balls for 12 bucks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by xoolooxunny
    well if that's the case, I can get them hear for about 4-5 USD a piece. I hope you can get some big balls for 12 bucks!
    Not even gonna comment on that
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    Mine was just bigger then a golf ball. They were selling them for $18, then they were marked down to $12 when I bought it. I got it for $5 on a technicality, an employee put a sale sign on the wrong tank. The are called moss balls, but they are a type of good algae. I like the name "Russian Moosballen" which is another name they go by, just because it's fun to say.

    *edit, the scientific name is Cladophora aegagropila
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    mines baseball sized and filters alot. Ghost shrimp love to eat goodies off moss balls

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