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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-11-2011, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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New use for Marimo Moss Balls: Floating "Tree"

So I just got my Marimo mossballs, and was sad to see them float within minutes of being in direct light.

That immediately gave me an idea :idea2:.

I split the Marimo in half, and tied the flat base down to a rock.

Result (the picture cannot do it justice):

My shrimp *love* hanging upside down and sleeping under it.

This opens up so many exciting possibilities!

My suggestions to make this better:
* Use an invisible, non-degradable fishing line and create a line of different layers (kind of like the old school Mario mushroom top platforms).
* Use a stiff line/wire to have the Marimo maintain it's position when the lights go off (or else they'll sink and unexpectedly frighten the shrimp)
* Use a stick of driftwood, split a bit of the end, and use it as a 'fork' to pinch the Marimo base. Then it'll look like a real mini 'tree'.
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You may have air trapped inside. Gently squeeze them underwater and see if that works.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-11-2011, 06:27 PM
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Originally Posted by jonathandowers View Post
* Use a stick of driftwood, split a bit of the end, and use it as a 'fork' to pinch the Marimo base. Then it'll look like a real mini 'tree'.
That is what I've been planning to do.

I recently took a small, inconspicuous bit from my big Marimo, then tied it with fishing line to a suction cup airline holder, placed close to the light. It's growing surprisingly fast. I'll make a bunch more baby Marimos soon, and maybe in a couple of months they'll be big enough to become little trees.
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