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Hi,

I read somewhere that Marimo Ball is a very good nitrate and phosphates remover. It's true?

And how good it is to out compete others algae for nutrition?

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I think it vastly overstated. It too slow a grower to make much of impact.
Yes, its advertised that way but it grows too slow to do anything. it is also advertised to compete with other algae and that is ridiculous. If you want a nitrate remover throw some Hygro in there... it will remove everything else too lol.
 

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I think it vastly overstated. It too slow a grower to make much of impact.
Agree.. I've had Moss balls in my tanks for years they've barely know eased in size at all, luckily I bought them purely for aesthetics. I would Def recommend stem plants or floaters if you're trying to reduce nitrates.

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Lotus' Will take up a decent amount of space towards the top of the tank and have a tendency to block out lighting on other plants if you don't trim, but by far my favorite plants. I have both red and green tiger Lotus.

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Yes, its advertised that way but it grows too slow to do anything. it is also advertised to compete with other algae and that is ridiculous. If you want a nitrate remover throw some Hygro in there... it will remove everything else too lol.
+1 this is my experience with them as well. Hygros and stems will do the job very nicely if you're looking to pull down levels. Wysteria is also a fast grower which will feed from either roots or the water column once they start growing roots getting closer to the top of the water.
 

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So, I ordered Wysteria, Tiger Red Lotus and Amazon Frogbit.
My only advice for having both frogbit and Lotus at the top, is to be sure that your other plants are still getting enough light. Both tend to subdue lighting at the bottom.

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I'll put the Lotus near Anubias and Crypts, they don't need a direct light.

How about Echinodorus ozelot?
 

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I have a little no-tech in a windowsill, with marimo and a few mosses (slowest growing stuff there is) its a green hair algae nightmare (marimo is a specific type of hair algae.. the other algae growing in there is the common long green hair algae). It doesn't prevent other algae, just limits how you can treat/remove algaes if you want to keep the marimo alive. Not worth it.
 
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