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Trimming a moss ball.

Discussion in 'Planted Aquariums' started by msouth468, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. msouth468

    msouth468 Fighting for the little guy

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    I bought this moss ball from PetsMart and was wondering how to trim it. It is about the size of a softball now and I just need to cut it down to size. Do I just take it out and trim with scissors or is there something special I need to do?
     
  2. jackiomy

    jackiomy Lover of Oddballs

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    Is it a java moss ball? Or a marimo ball?
     
  3. Bk718

    Bk718 No Monkey Business

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    petco moss ball.. sounds like a regular java moss ball.. I would break it open and spread it out on wood, if you keep it tight as a ball like that the center will die off.
     
  4. msouth468

    msouth468 Fighting for the little guy

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    I does look like the center is starting to die. So I will probably just put it on my driftwood. Do I need to do anything special or just "break" it apart and use fishing line to tie it to the wood?
     
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    Bk718 No Monkey Business

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    break it apart. You can cut away the brown moss if you want and use fishing line/cotton thread to attach it to wood/stones
     
  6. JohnSmith

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    If you want to divide it, gently separate it into two parts. You can do this with your fingers, just concentrate on the center of the ball and squeeze/pull-apart 'till you have two parts. You can take a pair of scissors and just sever the ball into two parts also. Then "just kind a form the parts into balls" and let nature take it course in gettin' 'em goin' again :)

    I usually don't to this until they are pretty close to tennis ball size, but I guess you can do it before then ...

    Regards,
    JS
     
  7. JohnSmith

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    BUT, and that is a BIG BUTT, if it is a Java Moss Ball, this will NOT work! In the center is a Styrofoam ball with Java Moss just tied to it ... the above only will work with REAL Marimo Balls.

    Regards,
    JS
     
  8. ciaobella7122

    ciaobella7122 i love my ween!

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    If it's from Petco it probably is java moss. I don't get how they do this? It doesn't even look like a Marimo ... though I suppose it is technically still a "moss" ball... hmmm it still makes me mad
     

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