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Marimo Moss Balls

Updated on April 10, 2014

Marimo Moss Balls For Ponds And Aquariums

Do you have a green water problem? Marimo Moss Balls can help you out, naturally!

If you have repeated algae blooms in your pond or aquarium, you're probably at wits end for a natural and organic solution to the algae problem.

Now, you could just dump chemicals in every time there's a problem, but that's just treating the symptoms and is not a long term solution.

What you need is a solution to your green water problem, so have a look into this natural water treatment for algae - Marimo Moss Balls.

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What Is Marimo?

Where do Marimo Moss Balls come from?

Marimo is Aegagropila linnaei, part of the Cladophoraceae family of filamentous green algae which occurs in certain northern hemisphere lakes. Marimo are green "moss balls", algae that grows into a spherical shape and forms colonies. They can be found in Scotland, Iceland, Japan, and Estonia.

Marimo grow under low-light conditions, and they do not survive freezing. By adding the Marimo Moss Balls to your pond or aquarium, they will consume the nutrients that more troublesome forms of algae would normally eat. This aids in the natural control of green water.

Marimo Moss Balls In An Aquarium

All About Marimo Moss Balls

What Are Marimo Moss Balls?


In this quick video you are told about the history of Marimo Moss Balls and also why people are now keeping them as amazing pets.


Live Marimo Moss Balls For Sale - Marimo Balls on eBay

If you are looking for some of these little aquarium "pets", eBay usually has some pretty good deals. Have a look here at the latest listings.


How to Make A Moss Ball Aquarium

How To Make An Aquarium With marimo Moss Balls

Mossquarium Instructions - Use Marimo Moss Balls to Make A Gorgeous Display

Marimo Moss Ball Aquarium
Marimo Moss Ball Aquarium

For a fun and trendy project, make a moss aquarium. Fill the bottom of a clear glass vase or bowl with colourful glass pebbles. Add distilled water (not tap water), then drop in one marimo.

For added decoration, include small pieces of driftwood or small sea shells. Your moss aquarium will need a complete water change twice a month.

Keep your moss aquarium out of direct sunlight, and watch your marimo moss balls grow!

Having a delightful little aquarium like this will add a great feel to your room and also provides and interesting talking point for your guests.

Marimo Moss Balls For Sale


Here is a range of moss balls available on Amazon.


Marimo Moss Balls Playing


I love watching this video. There is something really delightful about the way the moss balls dance and jive.


Make marimo Moss Ball Aquarium
Make marimo Moss Ball Aquarium

Perfect Marimo Aquarium

Would You Like A Marimo Moss Ball Aquarium?


This little 2 gallon aquarium would be a perfect home for Marimo Moss balls. It is rather inexpensive and would make such a lovely attractive conversation starter.

If you like the look and the concept of marimo balls, how about putting this little aquariun together and having a family of Marimo in your own home.

It would also make a delightful, living gift for someone special!

Moss aquarium supplies


Add some decorative and practical items to your aquarium - and get them at the best price:


Marimo Moss Ball Care

Since they do take a little understanding to be able to care for Moss Balls to keep them healthy and vibrant, here is a good video to show you how to do just that:


Learn how to care for marimo moss balls in your aquarium.


Do you have any marimo moss balls in your pond or aquarium?

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Comments and thoughts - Thanks for visiting Marimo Moss Balls Lens!

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      4 years ago

      That's a genuinely imsvespire answer.

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      4 years ago

      I think Lady Gaga frees us from any kind of frame works and set modes. No one ever has to follow any rules or logcis when putting together the ensemble. This alone should win her the title and then some.

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      6 years ago

      Oh these are wonderful. I've never heard of them before. Thanks so much for introducing me to the Marimo. They look lovely in the aquariums.

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      6 years ago

      These "moss" balls are actually algae just so you know :) they work by starving other forms of algae because they outcompete them for the same resources. Very cool additions to any aquarium because they don't require any care except for occasionally rinsing them in chlorinated water and squeezing to get any gunk out. Also keep in mind that your algae eating fish/snails won't touch these things :)

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      6 years ago

      This lens popped up on the sidebar of my new lens on gardening and I'm glad it did! Thank you for your very informative lens on moss balls. That would solve the algae problem in our aquarium, I hope.

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      6 years ago

      So pretty, I really love them.

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      7 years ago

      I enjoy reading this lens, thanks. My little aquarium at home is also a collection box of the shells and little stones me and my kids found when we're out to the beach.

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      7 years ago

      Just had to share this little moss wonder on FB, how cool!

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      Deadicated LM 

      7 years ago

      Kinda like a terrarium with water; I like that 8-) nice Intro photo (it caught my eye).

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      7 years ago

      Marimo is beautiful and it does that important work without chemicals, the first I've seen it, I love your idea for creating a "mossquarium" a new word for me, I've always loved moss. Congratulations on home page honors!

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      7 years ago

      Love your lens,and love the green.

    • katiecolette profile image


      7 years ago

      I wish I would have known about marimo moss balls back when we had a little aquarium! If we decide to have fish again, I will be sure to get some of the natural solution to the algae problem :)

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      7 years ago

      Never heard of doing this before. Great idea. Thanks for sharing!

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      Angela F 

      7 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I want to make a marimo aquarium! *blessed

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      Moe Wood 

      7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I had no idea there was such a thing. Very cool moss balls. I think I want some!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      7 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I'll definitely keep this in mind. I've not heard of it before. Would be cute to have a little most aquarium for when my grandson comes to visit. :)

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      Ellen Gregory 

      7 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Looks like a great easy care decoration for a table top -- something a little different and a conversation starter.

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      7 years ago

      This is so cool, what a neat project.

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      7 years ago

      Never seen these before! Interesting!

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      7 years ago

      I had no idea what those green ball thingys were called. Thanks for clearing that up.

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      Kylyssa Shay 

      7 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      I love marimo moss balls and I'd get a few if I had a freshwater aquarium. Live plants are a great way to improve aquarium water quality and moss balls are cute and fuzzy as well. Marimo balls also make excellent hiding places for baby fish to escape hungry tank mates.


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