Marimo Moss Balls are the perfect plant for your guppy aquarium. Aegagropila linnaei, known as Marimo a species of filamentous green algae found in a number of lakes in the northern hemisphere. These plants grow into large green balls with a velvety appearance. Colonies of such balls are only known to form in Iceland, Scotland, Japan and Estonia.
These Moss Balls are most popular with Betta fish keepers and Guppy fish keepers for a number of reasons but in particular they look gorgeous, exotic and interesting. More importantly these plants generate oxygen and remove nitrates thereby improving water quality. Basically these live plants are a natural biological filter which also removes ammonia in the aquarium.
Marimo grow in tap water at room temperature as long as the water is changed every one or two weeks (more frequently in summer and less often in winter) which makes them extremely easy to take care of. Hobbyists cut moss balls into smaller pieces knowing that the individual pieces will grow into separate Marimo Moss Balls and these plants do not cause algae problem. Moss balls have low light requirements and do not require CO2 which makes them highly attractive for aquarists who want plants that require minimal maintenance.
These plants are so robust they can survive up to 30 days in the mail and are shipping typically in small Ziploc bags with slight moisture. After you received the Marimo, some of them might be slightly out of shape. Place them into a bottle of clean water and gently roll and squeeze them. Marimo Moss Balls are known to have long life spans and you can find 2 to 3 inches balls that are easily 8-15 years old.
Benefits of keeping Marimo Moss Balls with Betta Fish
- Great for small tanks (such as guppy and betta tanks) for providing oxygen and clean water to fish.
- Does not need special or high intensity lighting, and can be kept in any freshwater aquarium.
- The moss grows slowly, so these moss balls are easily over 5 years old!
- Extremely dense moss - bright green and healthy.
- Absolutely gorgeous and exotic looking plants for the aquarium
Scientific and common names for Marimo Moss Balls