Betta Moss Ball Question

  1. Chillin

    Chillin Initiate Member

    recently obtained some Betta moss balls (algae balls?)
    i have them split between 2 tanks,
    in the heated tank, a ball started to seem slightly dieing, and some white stuff is starting to forum on it
    should i remove the ball?
    i havent seen this yet in the unheated tank, tho iv read the balls do better in cool water with low light.
    any ideas?
     




  2. D

    DutchAquarium Well Known Member Member

    white stuff sounds like a fungus, but i don't know where you would of gotten that from. And yes, they do better in high oxygen, low light, coldwater. They are formed in rivers to give you an explanation. I would probably remove the marimo alge ball to the colder aquarium if i were you.
     




  3. Fanatic

    Fanatic Fishlore VIP Member

    Hello :)
    Does this tank have a filter on it? Did you cycle it?
    I think it would be a growth fungus due to either unclean water, or it's dying.
     
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    Chillin

    Chillin Initiate Member

    yes the tank is cycled and every thing, the algae ball is just a new addition to the tank, been in for about a week.
    i did notice they bounce back after i remove them from the warmer water to unheated water..
    are ghost shrimps and blue lobster fond of the algae balls?
     
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    DutchAquarium Well Known Member Member

    blue crayfish will mostl likely shredd the ball, the ghost shrimp will pick on it but won't harm it.
     
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    Chillin

    Chillin Initiate Member

    well i isolated the ball with the issues into its own container to try shake the stuff off a few days to see what happens before moving it in with the Blue lobster
     
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    Fanatic Fishlore VIP Member

    Don't put a blue lobster with a betta.
    You can put ghost shrimp in with a betta, that'd be fine :)

    Personally, I have had no issues with my moss balls. I would try rinsing it off in tank water and see if that helps.
    The fungus most likely isn't harmful.
     
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    Chillin

    Chillin Initiate Member

    nooo, no betta fish with him hah
     
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    Fanatic Fishlore VIP Member

    Okay :)
    So you do have a filter, and it's cycled? Your profile says you do not know of the Nitrogen Cycle.
     
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    Chillin

    Chillin Initiate Member

    i do know a little about it, why id like to get plants in to the tank with the lobster, kinda why iv added ghost shrimp even tho he does the same things, i just i want it at a higher pace.
    recently his water was toxic to added feeder fish, and just got it cleaned up for them to stay alive so he has fresh food :)
    tho there is a film on the top of the water now he has eaten a fish...