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shadow1345
12-29-2007, 9:09 PM
What are moss balls's purpose?

msjinkzd
12-29-2007, 9:14 PM
to look neat i guess

shadow1345
12-29-2007, 9:18 PM
so it has no actual point to it

rich311k
12-29-2007, 10:05 PM
It is plant that grows in a ball. They grow slowly and make nice fore and mid gound plants. It purpose is to grow and reproduce just like any other living thing.

shadow1345
12-29-2007, 11:00 PM
.....how do they reproduce

ThePBM
12-29-2007, 11:04 PM
it's actually algae. it is not a plant that naturally grows into a ball. you have to roll it once in awhile to keep the ball shape. where it grows in the wild, the tides and currents roll it. it's a slow grower, but if you want it to 'reproduce' then you manually break it up and roll it into 2 balls.

shadow1345
12-29-2007, 11:07 PM
so what does it do?

ThePBM
12-29-2007, 11:14 PM
it photosynthesizes to get energy to grow. aside from what it literally does, it is an aquarium decoration. if simply being a decoration means it has "no actual point", then yes. it has no actual point. it won't start spawning fish. it won't cure ich. it won't kill snails. it won't really feed your fish. it won't wash your car.

shadow1345
12-29-2007, 11:17 PM
dang

Erikson45
12-29-2007, 11:17 PM
lol. Wash your car lol.

The moss balls are neat and my shrimps seem to favor it tons... I think partially because it is algae. The japanese are currently preserving it from endangerment and they're said to bring good luck :D

shadow1345
12-29-2007, 11:19 PM
cool

southpaw
12-29-2007, 11:58 PM
If you roll it in a big enough ball you might could use it to wash your car with ;)

ThePBM
12-30-2007, 12:36 AM
What's the purpose of washing your car?

southpaw
12-30-2007, 12:49 AM
it photosynthesizes to get energy to grow. aside from what it literally does, it is an aquarium decoration. if simply being a decoration means it has "no actual point", then yes. it has no actual point. it won't start spawning fish. it won't cure ich. it won't kill snails. it won't really feed your fish. it won't wash your car.

Was meant as a joke from your reply above

ThePBM
12-30-2007, 12:14 PM
i know, you were supposed to say "idk, make your car look nice" and then i'd say "so it has no actual point"

but o well. it was a stretch anyway.

rosita
12-30-2007, 1:11 PM
Um, from what I remember, Marimo balls are moss, not algae, usually like java, that originated in Japanese ponds, moving slowly back and forth to form oval or ball forms in different sizes. Therefore, you could conceivably make your own, which alot of people do now and charge as much as for the real deal.

InTr4nceWeTrust
12-30-2007, 1:31 PM
They're definitely algae.
Marimo - Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marimo)

zshuzshu
12-30-2007, 1:49 PM
No you've got MY attention. What is the formal name?

ThePBM
12-30-2007, 2:47 PM
No you've got MY attention. What is the formal name?
They're called Marimo Moss Balls or Japanese Moss Balls or some combination of those words (japanese marimo moss balls even)
But the name of the algae itself is a cladophora algae. the full name i can't remember off the top of my head but you should be able to find info on cladophora.

SnowAngel2214
12-30-2007, 4:03 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moss_balls

They're pretty cool looking!

duke33
12-30-2007, 4:07 PM
Anyone seen these for sale?

SnowAngel2214
12-30-2007, 4:08 PM
http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/prod_Display.cfm?pCatId=2553

Or ebay...

nickmcmechan
12-30-2007, 4:12 PM
I have 24 in a 24g, they pearl and suck up nitrates...great hiding places...

kimberfromwindb
12-30-2007, 6:17 PM
I need good luck much more than something that washes my car....I'm going to get a moss ball right now!

reavesinc
12-30-2007, 8:42 PM
The point is that they starve the bag algae of needed nutrients keeping your tank algae free!

shadow1345
12-30-2007, 10:45 PM
cool im getting some!!

bigspizz
12-30-2007, 11:00 PM
You do not have to manually separate them....They propagate by division, all on their own.....One of my favorite plants.

Joergen.Schoppe
12-30-2007, 11:43 PM
Hej, you forgot one thing. This moss, attached to wood gives excellent hiding places for shrimp fry, I have many loaches, but my shrimp population trives well, guess because of the moss...
So if you need a reason, there it is. (maybe not for the balls,though...)

shadow1345
12-31-2007, 12:35 AM
how big do they get?

InTr4nceWeTrust
12-31-2007, 12:53 AM
Up to about 12". The biggest you'll probably find for sale is around 4".

shadow1345
12-31-2007, 12:54 AM
cool

Que
12-31-2007, 6:38 AM
The point is that they starve the bag algae of needed nutrients keeping your tank algae free!

I guess I need more than 5 because I have an algae problem in my 75. In fact I have staghorn algae growing ON my moss balls.

Q

Joergen.Schoppe
12-31-2007, 11:49 PM
Wow, how did you manage that?

ThePBM
01-01-2008, 3:43 AM
moss balls will NOT significantly outcompete for nutrients. they are slow growing for the most part.

loaches r cool
01-01-2008, 10:15 AM
I guess I need more than 5 because I have an algae problem in my 75. In fact I have staghorn algae growing ON my moss balls.

Q

I dont have marimo balls but before I knew what I was doing with plants I had staghorn like crazy - and mostly in my moss. I assume it was like that since the moss seemed to catch a lot of debris.

nickmcmechan
01-01-2008, 11:38 AM
every water change i take my balls out and squeeze them in tank water

Joergen.Schoppe
01-02-2008, 7:13 AM
outch

Que
01-02-2008, 8:53 AM
Wow, how did you manage that?

Your guess is as good as mine.

Q

DarrylR
01-02-2008, 1:21 PM
I used to have moss balls, and for some reason they died off..... I am guessing neglect of my tank when I wasn't really informed about tank care.

But in that time all fish survived, moss balls died, but the loaches loved to lie on top of the marimo balls.

I also seen moss balls that look like solid green balls, I guess to say. But my marimo balls looked exactly like algae on a ball. Dunno which one you have.