Originally Posted by green aqua
I am new to the forum. I would like to carpet my rocks and driftwood in the tank. I was thinking using the japanese moss ball. I have no experience with that plant. Can I use it as a carpet, will it grow and expand on the surface or will it grow and taking its circle sphere. Is there another plant that can grow like a carpet and looking like short lawn?
Thank you guys
Originally Posted by acitydweller
Marimo balls as a carpet? no
do a search on foreground plants and you'll see literally hundreds of options. many of which require high lighting demands so choose wisely.
The japanese moss ball or marimo ball is considered a floating moss ball. it will float until it becomes water logged and will then sink to the bottom. You can use it as carpet, and it will look great as such (i use it as carpet infront of my drift wood) but it will be very expensive, and since it does not grow you will have have to buy alot of it. these moss balls also do not root.
one way you make a ball go farther is to cut it in half.
you are homestly better off buying something else. but if you want to use it as carpet, i would only use it in a small area as each ball can run upwards of $7.
also if you are using sand expect them to become dirty and covered with sand, which will require you to clean them off once in a while.