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Old 28th November 2015   #37
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Default Re: Moss Balls, Yay or Nay?

Originally Posted by Bambikill View Post
Old thread but since someone replied recently - I'm gonna post a warning.

Some say they never have had problems with their Marimo balls - but I sure have and I know many others that have, as well...
My Axolotls loved them but I'm never letting another one in the house again... :S

The first year or so - they were great. They collected all kinds of dirt and trash from the sand - but then they started getting pretty green when washing them. Then I saw that they released algae particles. And kaboom. Algae everywhere. In several tanks. But only in the ones containing Marimo balls... Thing is - they grow. And they grow by producing and collecting algae. And when they grow - they also produce more of it if they have the slightest opportunity. Also - they can rot from the inside - which can become a quite large contaminator.

I think they're cute but uh-uh. Never again.
Can algae hurt the axolotls?
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