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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-21-2004, 04:05 AM Thread Starter
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My next project, a Marimo Nanotank

I just picked up a Marimo ball today, and it's a great little plant, such a cool ball of algae (never thought i'd see the day i'd *like* algae....)

anyway, it got me thinking, i have a spare Hagen 1 Plus power filter (currently covered with brown ram eggs in my snail breeder), why not pick up a 2.5 or 5 gallon tank, slap the Hagen in it, get one of those tiny flourescent hoods, use a heavy dosage of Flourish Iron, CO2 injection, and try to make a Marimo Colony....

(yes, i know that Marimos are a slow growing plant)

the way i see it, i'll set the nanotank up with the Fluval set to produce a decent current, use a higher concentration of fertilizer, as there will be no animals in the tank, and let the Marimos roll around the tank, soaking up light and iron

would i need to have a gravel substrate, or would the glass bottom be enough?, i'd imagine the 5 gallon would be a bit more stable, water chemistry wise, than the 2.5, but the 2.5 has the advantage of fitting in smaller places

any suggestions for a Marimo Nano?
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The appearance of the tank is really for you to choose according to your decorating taste. I just hope you have plenty of time on your hands. Those little balls can live for up to 100 years.
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what do these balls do? just sit there?

I keep seeing them for sale on ebay...
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Pretty much. They are great for soaking up nutrients and they will move themselves around if they aren't geting what they need in a particular spot, but that's it really.
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ohright!? How do they move? just with water current? Are they just a ball of algae? Say i was to cut one in half, what would i find?
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ohright!? How do they move? just with water current? Are they just a ball of algae? Say i was to cut one in half, what would i find?
2 Smaller Marimo Balls..

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I really couldn't tell you how they move. They just do.
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how much u bought ur marimo ball?
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I really couldn't tell you how they move. They just do.
From pearling CO2 and currents.

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