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Old 07-16-2006, 11:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was at Tong's the other day with a friend and they had these huge round marimo balls (algae balls) for $3.99. That is really cheap compare to $10+ they sell online.
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Avoid these like the plague. You will have a hard time getting rid of the clado these will spread in your tank.
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Did you see any shrimp? I've read similar sentiments about the marimo balls. I've heard that once it's settled it'll spread like wildfire and become impossible to get rid of.
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I agree with John on that one. I had a few marimo balls in my discus tank and one other in a 45g hex. The discus tank still has clado everywhere, despite me picking it off as much as possible. The Amano shrimp in the hex ate it all so that is a potential solution. too bad the discus eat them....

The clado balls are now in a bare-bottomed tank in the garage where they can't cause any trouble. Anyone who wants them is welcome.


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This is very interesting to me. I've had several of them in my shrimp tank for months now, and I've had no algae problems whatsoever. However, the marimos don't seem to be growing either. I do take them out with water changes and squeeze the debris out of them and mold them to keep them spherical, but so far, no problems with algae growth anywhere else. I also was under the (misinformed?) impression that clado would only cling to things like rocks or wood, but not glass, plants or other decor. Is this not the case?
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Clado = Marimo balls?

I receive a small portion of algae ball a few months back and it hasn't been growing at all. For the shrimps, they had only amano shrimps with the same $2.99 price (405 is a lot cheaper and healthier). There's a weird type of shrimp there too. They're pretty huge, about the size of bamboo shrimps and their color is bright pink. They had two huge 6+ plus oscars fighting each other in a tank. I think Tong's has the best plants when it's freshly shipped. If it's there for a few days, the plants eventually wilt and die off.
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Avoid these like the plague. You will have a hard time getting rid of the clado these will spread in your tank.
What is "clado"??? I just bought a bunch of marimo balls from That Pet Place in Lancaster there the other day, they were on sale for ~$4. Wondering about them now!!!
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In both of my tanks, I got very dense, fibrous, stiff, hair-like algae everywhere a few months after adding the marimo balls. In the discus tank, it spread low among the dwarf saggitaria and attached firmly to the Flourite substrate. In the smaller tank, it wound itself throughout the valisneria. Once I figured out that the marimo balls were made of the same stuff, I took them out of the 2 tanks. The Amano shrimp have eaten it all in the small tank. It is still in the discus tank but not spreading that much.


must my $0.02. If you like marimo balls, put them in bare bottomed tanks.

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