For outdoor or garage growing, cutting one side out of an old tire would leave a nice sized Marimo grow track. Putting in baffles like they use to keep the flow going in the mill race streams at a water park would help keep the flow agitated instead of continuous flow.
A large tractor tire or a tire from a very large earth mover and a decent pump would make an interesting hill stream loach environment.
I hadn't considered larger installation as I was shooting for a desktop version, but that sounds neat! I do have another idea for a square "Escher stair
" version using a bubble pump...
I would have called you crazy.
Many have, my friend, many have... Glad you liked it, though.
lol that is amazing!
keep us updated, this is really interesting because personally hundreds of moss balls would make me the happiest boy alive
Me too! They have got to be the "cutest" aquatic plant around. The little teeny ones actually got a "Squee" from my teenage daughters. It would be really awesome If I cold find a way to keep basketball sized ones in my pool...
wooww.. very creative..!!
but I can't imagine hong long you have to wait until those marimo grows lot bigger, because their growth rate only 5mm/year CMIIW
Thanks! I have read that the growth rate is very slow on these, so I am doing what I can to try to give it a kick start. I do plan to start weighing them and recording growth rates with different ferts and environments, just need to get a gram scale. Last night I pulled several out and placed them in different containers in different conditions. As of right now I have:
1) 4X in glass spheres in a window (afternoon sun)
2) 1X in an erlenmyer flask, outside (afternoon sun)
3) 1X in a cylindrical vase with Hornwort, outside (afternoon sun)
4) 1X in a cylindrical vase with Hornwort, inside (indirect afternoon sun)
5) ~12 in the tribble-track, standard room lighting (I'll probably move these...)
These were all ripped from a single 1.5" diameter ball I got from Petco. I plan to buy another 4 from AquariumPlants. I had some plant fertilizer stakes laying around, so I dissolved them in some water and poured a bit in each container. I'm not worried about livestock because I don't have any. Several places have suggested adding salt, so I'll need to grab some aquarium salt on my next trip to the LFS.
At first it was thought that Marimo was extremely slow growing. Recent studies, however, suggest that the slow growth rate in more recent time is due to poor water conditions. It has also been found that the growth rate can be improved by mixing sea water with the lake water (I would avoid doing this in my tanks) or by providing more nutrients.