Weird Brown Thing On My Marimo Ball

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by Iboughtmykidfish, Apr 11, 2018.

  1. Iboughtmykidfish

    IboughtmykidfishWell Known MemberMember

    So, im relatively new to fish keeping. I have 2 betta tanks, and each has a moss ball in it. And 1 snail. The balls have been in there for about a week, and tonight when i got home from the store i noticed there was this weird light brownish thing kinda stuck to one of the balls. Ive been home all day and havent seen it on there before. When i got them i soaked them in water for about a day and a half, changed the water and squeezed them out periodically, like i had read to do, so i dont know if its something that hitchhiked on, or if its from my tank. I suction out all uneaten food (although fred never misses a meal) i think it looks too big to be an expanded betta pellet, but maybe it is. Has anyone ever seen this? Can moss balls have growths, or parasites?
     

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  2. Lunnietic

    LunnieticWell Known MemberMember

    It really looks like fish poop to me. Betas can poop in large balls like that.
     
  3. Elizabeth M

    Elizabeth MNew MemberMember

    It could definitely be a large build up of fish wastes. When I first saw it I thought it was a snail, but I don't think its too much to worry about. Just remove it and if it returns again maybe take a closer look.
     
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    Iboughtmykidfish

    IboughtmykidfishWell Known MemberMember

    Thanks guys! My first thought was a snail too, but it looked more like a brain than a snail. Ive never had bettas, only angelfish and things, so i was expecting a long stringy poop, rather than a ball. Ive done countless hours of research on these guys, but never looked into the poop