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Thread: Moss Balls?

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    I have been seing in my LFS Box stores something called moss balls. I was wondering what are they? As well as any other additional info on these items.
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    I’ve got some in my tank. I forgot what type of moss or plant they actually are. They seem to do well in low light tanks. Every week when I’m competing my weekly waterchanges, I put them in a bucket of old tank water and squeeze out the debris from them and put them back in the tank. Very low maintenance and hardy.
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    http://www.theaquariumwiki.com/Moss_ball



    That look like what you saw? They are indeed called Moss Balls, among other things, including Cladophora aegagropila and/or Aegagropila linnaeii.
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    I was thinking about adding them in my tank but was not sure what there reqirements are. Could I use them in a foreground?
    65 gallon: Black Sailfin Pleco, Rubbermouth pleco, bristle nose pleco, 4 cory's and 4 goldfish.
    55 gallon fish tank: Two pairs of koi angels
    20 gallon:1 Pair Koi Angels.
    29 Gallon: 1 pr Convicts, 5 Skunk Botias
    10 gallon: Fry Tank
    http://s118.photobucket.com/albums/o...view=slideshow

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    Quote Originally Posted by FishyPastor
    I was thinking about adding them in my tank but was not sure what there reqirements are. Could I use them in a foreground?
    I couldn't see why not.

    That's what I used them for in my tank. I thought they would be a little easier than other plant options
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    I just bought one yesterday at Petsmart. Like so often is the case, the store helper was of little help. He said they were a new thing and really popular.

    ME: Ya? So What? What are they? ...like common and scientific names would be of use here.
    HIM: I dunno, but it is a place for your algae to grow.
    ME THINING: Hey, I don't need a place for algae to grow, but bought one anyway out of curiosity and would research it later.

    At home rinsing it off before adding it to the tank, I found what I bought, looks like Java Moss wrapped around a sponge. Did I get duped? LOL
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    I bought one at Petco which was just Java Moss wrapped around something. But the other day I saw at Petsmart 'Marimo Balls" which is what I had wanted in the first place. The Marimo balls are about $8 here, and the Java Moss ones are significantly cheaper.
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    I have three of them! If you cut them up...they will eventually all turn into moss balls. Very low maintenance. My shrimp love them too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dacotah7

    At home rinsing it off before adding it to the tank, I found what I bought, looks like Java Moss wrapped around a sponge. Did I get duped? LOL
    That's exactly what it is. Petsmart has been selling those for ages. The sponge or plastic thing in the middle lets it float a bit.

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