Marimo balls getting bubbly! :)

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by Orion5, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. Orion5

    Orion5Well Known MemberMember

    A marimo ball in it's holding vase until the pico aquarium arrives, bubbling away.

    BubblyMarimo.jpg
     
  2. RogueAgent94

    RogueAgent94Fishlore VIPMember

    Looks great!!! Finally a picture of the Marimo lol.
     
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    Orion5

    Orion5Well Known MemberMember

    LOL!! Yes, finally! :) I'm glad you like it! I knew you'd appreciate it. :)
     
  4. monkeypie102

    monkeypie102Well Known MemberMember

    The bubbling means their happy right (I should know this by know haha) I ask because almost all the marimos at my petsmart are all bubbling (pearling?) In their cups... kind cool looking IMHO...
     
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    Orion5

    Orion5Well Known MemberMember

    LOL!! Yes, finally! :) I'm glad you like it! I knew you'd appreciate it. :)

    I believe so, monkeypie- they seem to pearl when they're "breathing". They started doing it about 4-5 hours after turning on their small LED temporary grow light. The light from the window (constant clouds and snow here..) wasn't enough.
     
  6. RogueAgent94

    RogueAgent94Fishlore VIPMember

    Pearling is definitely a good thing! How big are they?
     
  7. 3aquariums

    3aquariumsValued MemberMember

    How big will they get?
     
  8. monkeypie102

    monkeypie102Well Known MemberMember

    I read they can get 10" in diameter so pretty big! I have one that's 4"
     
  9. 3aquariums

    3aquariumsValued MemberMember

    What did you do, give it continuous light?;)
     
  10. monkeypie102

    monkeypie102Well Known MemberMember

    If your talking about mine then basically yeah lol plus flourish :) I want to see how big I can get it!
     
  11. RogueAgent94

    RogueAgent94Fishlore VIPMember

    Ferts actually seem to inhibit growth on Marimo. Mine grow best in tanks without much ferts.
     
  12. kb9plc

    kb9plcWell Known MemberMember

    Okay, huge marimo balls are ellusive to me. :)
    I have two. They are.... like.... a couple inches. Tops.
    Two seperate tanks. full spectrum lighting.... 8 hours a day. flourish. leaf zone.
    Everything else is great. Growing perfectly. Some stuff is growing like weeds.
    The marimo balls are like "nah, we'll pass" LOL
    :;dk

    Rogue:
    :;nin2 now there's a thought
     
  13. RogueAgent94

    RogueAgent94Fishlore VIPMember

    I have a 6-8" one. They only grow 2-4cm a year lol. They are very very slow growers.
     
  14. Cichlidnut

    CichlidnutFishlore VIPMember

    Marimo isn't moss. It's an Algae, don't treat it like a moss :D
     
  15. kb9plc

    kb9plcWell Known MemberMember

    Hmmmm I seem to always forget that part. I guess if I put it near a super bright picture window with no fertilizers, I'll have a marimo the size of my head in under a month. :D
     
  16. 3aquariums

    3aquariumsValued MemberMember

    Sounds perfect for my aquariums.
     
  17. 3aquariums

    3aquariumsValued MemberMember

    Marketing as an Algae Ball wouldn't sell.
     
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    Orion5

    Orion5Well Known MemberMember

    Rogue-- holy ! That's HUGE! Mine are currently about 1.5-2 inches in diameter (5-6 cm). I have read that in the wild they only grow about 5 mm/year, and hoping that you're right that they will grow about 1-2 cm. That's much more than I expected. :)

    They have been under continuous light (window and LEDs) because I don't have a timer. The pico light will have one though, even if the tank will remain next to the window.

    There is a youtube video of an "alien marimo ball) in a what looks like a 10 gallon tank, and it has to be at LEAST 10 inches or more in diameter. So awesome! :)

    ... and they're doing their little float-and-sink thing too... :)
     
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  19. 3aquariums

    3aquariumsValued MemberMember

    I really want to get one now....hopefully no one will eat it. You just toss them in and let them be, right? Roll around every few days if no one does it for you?


    Uhhhh.....can they go in fresh water?
     
  20. Tonia

    ToniaWell Known MemberMember

    They are for fresh water 3aqurariums.

    good luck with the marimos Orion!!! they look really awesome with the bubbles!
     
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