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Moss balls

Just bought 3 of these - one for each betta tank and one for my big tank. Anything special I need to know about them? They are actually an algae, right? All 3 tanks are low light, no ferts other than fish waste, no c02.

Will my pleco or my otos eat them? Will snails eat them?
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Some snails will, some won't. For the most part, pond snails, bladder snails, ramshorns won't touch cladophora.

Does well in temperatures below 80F. I've found that it starts to suffer in the high 70s.


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Ugh all my tanks are at 78. Oh well - they were only $5 each so if they on't last long it's not a huge loss. Thanks for the info.
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I have one in my 5.5gal betta tank that gets 78-82 and it's fine, never seen a prob with it.

20g platy, , 2 x 10g shrimp, 3 x 20g shrimp, 7.5g shrimp and 1 great dane/mastiff puppy.

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I've had a moss ball forever then I accidentally ripped it and now it's just a moss carpet. It's neat this way too.
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I'm not sure how much this effects them, but I was told to turn mine about once a week. I believe it helps them keep their shape. I've been doing since i got mine and all is well. I also keep mine at 77 and it seems just fine.
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Yes keep them rolling to keep the shape,


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I also rinse it and give it a light squeeze every now and then. It's surprising to see how much debris comes out.
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One of them has a slimey spot on it - is that a concern? I haven't put them in the tanks yet cause I'm being really lazy today, lol.
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Nah, they're really tough to mess up.

They'll plump up and look nice once you drop them into the tanks.


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Well one of my mollyies is picking at it relentlessly.
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Well one of my mollyies is picking at it relentlessly.
They might just be eating micro organisms on it and not the ball itself.

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Mollies eat algae and need vegetaion in their diet, so he could be eating it. Oh well, it's the tank inhabitants moss ball now, not mine They can do as they wish.
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