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Marimo Moss balls?

I saw the moss balls being sold in PetSmart the other day and had read about them before, but was wondering if they really had any benefits for fish tanks? What is needed to care for them (type of water quality) special light? (I have natural light from door)

If they die easy or become a pest and procreate too much and over take the tank? Or if goldfishautolinker.com autolinking image don't eat them to nothingness... just whether or not they would even be worth looking into for my goldfishautolinker.com autolinking image tank. Or if they are more trouble than they are worth. Or if they are mostly just decorative.

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I saw the moss balls being sold in PetSmart the other day and had read about them before, but was wondering if they really had any benefits for fish tanks? What is needed to care for them (type of water quality) special light? (I have natural light from door)

If they die easy or become a pest and procreate too much and over take the tank? Or if goldfishautolinker.com autolinking image don't eat them to nothingness... just whether or not they would even be worth looking into for my goldfishautolinker.com autolinking image tank. Or if they are more trouble than they are worth. Or if they are mostly just decorative.

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I love my Marimo Moss Balls. Little to no care, just turn them once in while to avoid brown patchs. If they do get a brown patch just turn the patch up and it will green up. They help to keep the water clean like all plants. They do not procreate. You can make more by cutting them into smaller pieces. They grow very slowly. None of my fish bother them. Mine are in cooler water as I do not have heaters, some low light, some med light. They do well with pretty much any situation.
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I got one 5 or so months ago because I thought they were really cool looking. I plopped it into my tank and it sank to the bottom (I expected it to float, but oh well) It looks nice sitting on the gravel at the front of my tank. It hasn't grown, it hasn't died,but its still nice and green and fluffy. My fish ignore it other than my pleco who will suck onto it and rest. I like it, I get a lot of questions about it when people look at my tank because its unusual, people want to reach in and squish it, haha.I have a t8 bulb and I dose my tank with flourish excel for co2 because its planted, but i'm not sure exactly what the moss ball needs or doesn't need. Long story short, I would recommend one or even a few

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Thanks guys, I hope my goldfishautolinker.com autolinking image ignore it. They are ignoring the fake one so far.
I found ones sold on ebay, does anyone know if they are reliable? Or very small?
Sounds like a cool starter plant. My dream tank would be a planted one, but I am afraid my goldfishautolinker.com autolinking image would destroy it, or I would not be able to keep up with the care.

Do the moss balls need to be quarantined before putting them in the tank? If I put one in with my Algae Eaters, would they eat it?

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My Pleco doesn't eat mine but he does enjoy sticking to it occasionally. I don't have experience with goldfishautolinker.com autolinking image but I have never heard of a fish that doesn't enjoy real plants.They aren't hard to care for if you just go with low maintenance plants. I have java fern, java moss, amazon sword, a moss ball, and a mystery plant and they do fine with a t8 bulb and every other day doses of flourish excel. I don't use a fertilizer because my fish do that for me, plus I don't want the plants growing too fast, it makes for less pruning and maintenance.

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goldfishautolinker.com autolinking image will destroy a heavily planted tank, that was my first mistake! i had 3 goldfishautolinker.com autolinking image and in the space of a week they had uprooted every single plant. i wouldnt recommend goldfish in a planted aquarium
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goldfishautolinker.com autolinking image will destroy a heavily planted tank, that was my first mistake! i had 3 goldfishautolinker.com autolinking image and in the space of a week they had uprooted every single plant. i wouldnt recommend goldfish in a planted aquarium
I figured as much, darn. I will try the ball and see if they eat it. If so I will take it out and get a jar.

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Marimo balls are charmers! I love mine. I think everyone should have one. They do look exotic in the aquarium, and I wouldn't be without one. As stated, they are really no-maintenance except to turn once in a while, and squeeze it out in used tank water when you do water changes to keep it from getting stuff all over it. But I also wouldn't recommend a planted tank for goldfishautolinker.com autolinking image. They tend to be destructive, and I, for one, would be very frustrated very quickly when they kept unrooting my plants!

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