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TSAndy0625
post May 18 2011, 03:51 PM, updated 8y ago

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A BIG APPLAUSE AND WELCOME for clicking into this lovely thread. smile.gif

It's a pretty much a hit out there and there's not a single topic about marimo in Malaysia thus I would like to start a Marimo thread here for all the marimo lovers out there to share and discuss about their love towards marimo. I saw this tiny little cute algae way before my recent purchase and I never regreted my impulse purchase as this algae/moss ball is really cute and just perfect as a desktop companion.

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Here's a rough brief about Marimo. smile.gif
" Marimo, also known as Cladophora ball, Lake ball, or Moss Balls in English, is a species of filamentous green algae (Chlorophyta) found in a number of lakes in the northern hemisphere. A marimo is a rare growth form of the species where the algae grow into large green balls with a velvety appearance. Colonies of such balls are only known to form in Iceland, Scotland, Japan and Estonia. "

Place of Origin: Lake Akan in Japan
Natural Habitats: Native to Akan Lake in Japan; it is considered as national treasure declared as a natural monument. In its natural habitat; their ability to move around by using the undercurrents also rise to the surface in the morning and sink at night due to receive plenty of light to carry out photosynthesis is an interesting character of Moss Ball. Although these balls have been observed to grow to some degree growing in freshwater lakes and ponds in European countries and some other lakes in Japan; only in this particular lake they grow to be a noticeable size in perfect spherical shape.

How to care your marimo?
Domestic marimo grow in tap water at room temperature as long as the water is changed every one or two weeks (more frequently in summer and less often in winter). The marimo can be placed in the refrigerator in hot weather (above 25°C), but does not survive freezing. Photosynthesis occurs in normal household lighting, otherwise, indirect sunlight since the marimo is adapted for low light conditions only. If the marimo green color turns brownish it may recover without intervention, otherwise a very minimal amount of salt can be added as a suggested remedy.

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So why marimo balls you ask.
" Excellent gift for your friend or loved ones to signify everlasting love....

The Japanese believe that Marimo will bring good luck. Hence, they grow it in a glass bottle with just some water & ceiling light. Water change is only required once every 2 weeks.

Marimo is a very popular plant in Japan. Currently protected by the authorities to prevent extinction. The growth rate of Marimo is about 5 mm per year. Hence a giant marimo is about 7 years old!

This plant does NOT cause algae problem. Live Plants is a natural biological filter to remove ammonia in aquarium.
Propagate by dividing into smaller pieces, which become spherical over time.
Negligible maintenance required.
No carbon dioxide injection required for healthy growth. "


References:
1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marimo
2) http://aquariumhomecare.com/modules/kshop/...s.php?id=100085
3) http://petcity2008.blogspot.com/2008/08/ma...-moss-ball.html

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post May 18 2011, 03:54 PM

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General Marimo FAQ
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Lovely Owner List ♥
1♥ Andy0625 - currently 2 giant marimo
2♥ leeyung - (seller) tons of 'em
3♥ DecemberRose - 6 giant - 3 nano marimo
4♥ kongleong_3 - 5 marimo
5♥ Mevoxede - 2 giant - 4 nano marimo
6♥ Yeelin04 - 2 giant - 1 nano marimo
7♥ zeonczk -
8♥ a_sim - 5 giant 4 nano
9♥ rickyfan8888 - 5 giant marimo
10♥ CreepyCrawly - 2 giant 3 nano
11♥ Salt&Pepper
12♥ TokiToki
13♥ yanouchi - 2 giant marimo
14♥ genie - 5 nano marimos
15♥ ba5tard - 5 marimo
16♥ r3apers - 6 giant 4 nano
17♥ rmage - marimo
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post May 18 2011, 03:58 PM

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Lemme start sharing the picture of my marimo. smile.gif
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post May 18 2011, 04:03 PM

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Put me into the list too!

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here are my aquariums with marimos and the fishes
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Marimo with Crayfish
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Marimos with glass shrimps
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LeeYunG's Marimo Video




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Giant Marimos and Nano Marimos are going to meet their owners soon! Are you one of the owners?

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post May 18 2011, 05:50 PM

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QUOTE(leeyung @ May 18 2011, 04:03 PM)
Put me into the list too!

here are my aquariums with marimos and the fishes
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Awesome! Btw, if there's anymore special instruction to take care, do post and share it out. thumbup.gif I'll contact u soon again as my friend saw the picture and interested in getting it. biggrin.gif
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post May 18 2011, 06:10 PM

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Where do we buy these? 0.o
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post May 18 2011, 06:26 PM

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Can Marimo be kept with Horned Nernite Snails?

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post May 19 2011, 01:39 AM

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DO WANT!

it's so fluffy i'm gonna die! *flop*

btw, who sell this in LYN?
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post May 19 2011, 01:44 AM

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QUOTE(Andy0625 @ May 18 2011, 06:50 PM)
Awesome! Btw, if there's anymore special instruction to take care, do post and share it out.  thumbup.gif I'll contact u soon again as my friend saw the picture and interested in getting it.  biggrin.gif
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hi bro, will post it ASAP, recently quite busy haha


Added on May 19, 2011, 1:44 am
QUOTE(NightHeart @ May 18 2011, 07:10 PM)
Where do we buy these? 0.o
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Added on May 19, 2011, 1:45 am
QUOTE(TokiToki @ May 18 2011, 07:26 PM)
Can Marimo be kept with Horned Nernite Snails?
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I think this is not recommended as your marimo will become the snails food hahahaha

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post May 19 2011, 01:46 AM

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QUOTE(Salt&Pepper @ May 19 2011, 02:39 AM)
DO WANT!

it's so fluffy i'm gonna die! *flop*

btw, who sell this in LYN?
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post May 19 2011, 03:21 AM

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yiii!
after gaji, by end of this month. just wait for my PM. ahahah. *seriously*

this thing reminds me of the grasshead ( except that grasshead needs to grow the hair) but this plant is so fluffy & ridiculously cute!
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post May 19 2011, 03:28 AM

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QUOTE(Salt&Pepper @ May 19 2011, 04:21 AM)
yiii!
after gaji, by end of this month. just wait for my PM. ahahah. *seriously*

this thing reminds me of the grasshead ( except that grasshead needs to grow the hair) but this plant is so fluffy & ridiculously cute!
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haha, grasshead, the kid toy! already disappeared in market d....LoL marimo is much better n fluffy than the grasshead! hahahahha doh.gif
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post May 19 2011, 04:02 AM

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Put me in....I got 6giant and 3small marimo biggrin.gif
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post May 19 2011, 04:04 AM

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QUOTE(DecemberRose @ May 19 2011, 05:02 AM)
Put me in....I got 6giant and 3small marimo  biggrin.gif
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yo bro! I remembered you, you put betta with the marimos rite?
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post May 19 2011, 03:57 PM

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Please add me to the list too, just bought 5 marimo from Leeyung!! fast and realible seller!! Thumb up!!
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post May 19 2011, 04:05 PM

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yeah marimo is cute!!

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QUOTE(kongleong_3 @ May 19 2011, 04:57 PM)
Please add me to the list too, just bought 5 marimo from Leeyung!! fast and realible seller!!  Thumb up!!
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welcome to marimo thread kongleong_3 !!! smile.gif Lets grow this thread with all marimo fans smile.gif rclxm9.gif
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post May 19 2011, 04:12 PM

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QUOTE(kongleong_3 @ May 19 2011, 03:57 PM)
Please add me to the list too, just bought 5 marimo from Leeyung!! fast and realible seller!!  Thumb up!!
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Welcome! Dont forget to share your picture here yea. biggrin.gif I still waiting my marimo to give out oxygen bubbles. blush.gif
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post May 19 2011, 04:21 PM

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lol woot this thing is a pet? I have one as my keychain. bought it from Hokkaido, Japan during my holidays there.
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Finally!! a marimo thread.. a currently have 6Giants and 3 nano.. All thanks to Lee Yung too.. =) Cheers!!!

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