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post #1 of 51 (permalink) Old 12-25-2015, 03:02 AM Thread Starter
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Marimo Hills - Nano Cube

Hi guys, I started buying marimo balls and keeping them in various bowls etc but thought I mite put them to use in a little nano cube and try something very low tech.

Tank - Fire 30cm Cube
Filter - Ehiem Aquacompact 40 (repurposed from my bookshelf tank)
Light - 30cm Up Aqua Pro Z LED light
Substrate - ADA Amazonia and La Plata
Hardscape - Seiryu-seki Stone
Flora - Marmo Moss Balls

Not planing on running a heater or doing any ferts or co2, tho we will see how it goes

I decommissioned my old aquacompact 40 filter last night and in a rush to keep the bacteria alive and the filter running I threw together this tank, I want to build up the back right side with more stone and perhaps drop a few Marimo's onto the "beach"

Unsure what fish or shrimp I could stock in here considering I dont really want to run a heater, maybe just 1 betta. Any suggestions? Perhaps I could hide a heater at the back somewhere.

Plan to drop the water right down and glue a bunch of mosses on the rocks once I build up the back right with some more height / Stone.



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post #2 of 51 (permalink) Old 12-25-2015, 03:46 AM
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I like it! Just make sure you rotate the marmio balls every once in a while, or else they lose their spherical shape.

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Will do, I did squish some into place not to concerned with them staying round but I dont want them to die so will pull then out to rotate / clean every now and then
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Really neat looking. The texture and color differences between the rocks and the moss is beautiful. Can't wait to see more pics.
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post #5 of 51 (permalink) Old 12-30-2015, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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Rescaped the tank a bit when I pulled all the balls out to clean / rotate, got a batch of balls from ebay that havent been doing well and are a bit brown, I kept them in the fridge but they dont seems to be getting any better so I have popped them into the main tank to see how they go, everything else seems good, I am liking this low maintenance tank. I am going to get some Snow White Crystal Shrimps tomorrow.







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Really cool tank!

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Beautiful tank and great photos, but I wanted to throw it out there that if you ever think about trimming the brown parts off your marimo, be prepared for it to smell like someone just put a swamp in your room. That was a recent mistake of mine.

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Beautiful tank and great photos, but I wanted to throw it out there that if you ever think about trimming the brown parts off your marimo, be prepared for it to smell like someone just put a swamp in your room. That was a recent mistake of mine.
haha yes the few marimo's that are brown really smelt bad when they arrived in the post, I cleaned them regularly and kept them in the fridge they no longer really smell bad so perhaps are recovering, I hope they dont somehow infect the healthy marimos, tho I dont think this is possible... tho maybe its best to remove the 3 browning balls (top right)
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Got a few Snow White Crystal Shrimps today, its nice watching these little guys swim / potter around, need to get some more but they where rather expensive for tiny little critters.





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Very nice! I have a question, do you have any prior experience with La plata that you're using right now? Is algae easy to attach or grow on it or substrate becomes green?

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This tank is awesome.

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That looks really good! I did a Marimo Ball Moss Scape last month in my Mini S.
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Awesome tank. It doesn't get any more low-maintenance than this.

I wouldn't rotate it too much. Your scape will look more natural if the balls were less spherical and more random.


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Thanks guys, yes its really low maintenance and I enjoy that as my other planted tank takes up a bit of my time.

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Very nice! I have a question, do you have any prior experience with La plata that you're using right now? Is algae easy to attach or grow on it or substrate becomes green?

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This is the first time I am used La Plata, so far no algae but the dust from the Amazona soil does settle on the sand making it look dirty

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That looks really good! I did a Marimo Ball Moss Scape last month in my Mini S.
Thanks it was actually a photo of your marimo scape on instragram that inspired me, I didnt know it was your tank until just now (stalked your profile) good work!
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