Marimo Moss Ball

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Description

Marimo (also known as Cladophora ball, lake ball, mossimo, or moss ball) is a rare growth form of Aegagropila linnaei (a species of filamentous green algae) in which the algae grow into large green balls with a velvety appearance.

Natural History

Marimo were first described in the 1820s by Anton E. Sauter, found in Lake Zell, Austria. The genus Aegagropila was established by Friedrich T. Kützing (1843) with A. linnaei as the type species based on its formation of spherical aggregations, but all the Aegagropila species were transferred to subgenus Aegagropila of genus Cladophora later by the same author (Kützing 1849). Subsequently, A. linnaei was placed in the genus Cladophora in the Cladophorales and was renamed Cladophora aegagropila (L.) Rabenhorst and Cl. sauteri (Nees ex Kütz.) Kütz. Extensive DNA research in 2002 returned the name to Aegagropila linnaei. The presence of chitin in the cell walls makes it distinct from the genus Cladophora.

Pro Tips

Every now and again roll the moss ball between your hands to reshape new growth. Moss balls can also be "opened" and flattened so you can place them over rocks or other surfaces.

Type: Algae
Origin: Cosmopolitan
Growth Rate: Low
Light Demand: Low
CO2: Low

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  • SHARECA FARAON - 2019 Nov 15th

    5
    Super cute!

    I'm still in the fishless cycling process but I added the Marimo Moss Ball a week in - it's been a couple weeks since then and it is doing really well! It adds a cute charm to my planted tank,

  • SharonT - 2019 Nov 2nd

    5
    Moss ball

    Very pleased

5 Reviews

  • SHARECA FARAON - 2019 Nov 15th

    5
    Super cute!

    I'm still in the fishless cycling process but I added the Marimo Moss Ball a week in - it's been a couple weeks since then and it is doing really well! It adds a cute charm to my planted tank,

  • SharonT - 2019 Nov 2nd

    5
    Moss ball

    Very pleased

  • Dan Oliveira - 2019 Jul 17th

    5
    Amazing

    These look amazing in the tank and came very healthy

  • Irene Poletti - 2019 May 22nd

    5
    Marimo Moss Ball

    I ordered 3 marimo moss ball and all 3 arrived in optimal conditions. Healthy and green. I am very happy with all the plants I ordered from aquascaperoom.

  • Carolyne - 2019 Apr 17th

    5
    Very nice Moss Ball

    A rich green colour and came in excellent condition. I decided to put it in my small betta tank. I have seen my betta rest on it. It's a very attractive little plant.

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