Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Northwest Kansas
Marimo moss ball
I ordered and received a marimo moss ball about a month ago. When it arrived, it was green-ish but not as dark green as the ones in the pictures all over the internet. Since I got it, it has turned more and more of a brown-ish color. Now, it is light brown, almost white. When I got it, it was approximately 4 or 5 inches in diameter and quite clumpy. In an attempt to revive it, I tore the clumps apart into smaller moss balls. This didn't help.
I've read that marimo balls can survive in ambient room lighting with no water current and that all they need is to be turned regularly. I turn mine every week when I do a water change. I have two 10W "mini" flourescent bulbs on my 10g tank. I dose twice weekly with Seachem Flourish. The other plants (anubias nana, brazilian pennywort, aponogeton rigidifolius, dwarf water lilies, rotala rotundifolia, narrow leaf java fern) are all doing well.
What am I doing wrong? Is there something I can do to save them or should I just throw them out? I can post pics later, if you think they'd help identify the problem. One person suggested that the Seachem Flourish (NOT Seachem Flourish Excel) might be killing it. Do you agree?