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Aegagropila linnaei

Moss ball

Aegagropila linnaei

Moss ball

  • Also known as Cladophora aegagropila
  • Velvety, deeply green balls
  • Very slowly growing
  • Recommendable for shrimp tanks
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Description

This special aquarium plant is called "moss ball", however it belongs to the Green Algae. Aegagropila linnaei, also known as Cladophora aegagropila and "Marimo", is an extremely slowly growing algae. It occurs in clean lakes where it forms flat cushions as well as hollow balls rolling about the ground, formed by gentle waves in the shore zone.

In the aquarium moss balls are decorative in the foreground and midground. It is recommended to rinse them under flowing water in time to remove excess detritus. Algae balls have a lot of surface area for microorganisms and are preferred grazing grounds for shrimps.

Please be aware that the submerse form of this plant could contain snails and other invertebrates.

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Common names Marimo
Synonyms Conferva aegagropila Linnaeus, Cladophora aegagropila (Linnaeus) Trevisan, Cladophora aegagropila var. linnaei (Kützing) Rabenhorst, Cladophora sauteri (Nees von Esenbeck ex Kützing) Kützing
Complete botanical name Aegagropila linnaei Kützing
Family Pithophoraceae
Genus Aegagropila
Difficulty easy
Colour dark green
Usage Midground, Foreground, group
Height 3 - 10cm
Width 3 - 10cm
Growth very slow
pH value 6 - 8
Temperature tolerance 4 - 28°C
Carbonate hardness 2 - 18°dKH
General hardness 9 - 30°dGH
Propagation Splitting, cutting off daughter plants
Can grow emersed? no
Source Flowgrow
Common names
Marimo
Synonyms
Conferva aegagropila Linnaeus, Cladophora aegagropila (Linnaeus) Trevisan, Cladophora aegagropila var. linnaei (Kützing) Rabenhorst, Cladophora sauteri (Nees von Esenbeck ex Kützing) Kützing
Complete botanical name
Aegagropila linnaei Kützing
Family
Pithophoraceae
Genus
Aegagropila
Difficulty
easy
Colour
dark green
Usage
Midground, Foreground, group
Height
3 - 10cm
Width
3 - 10cm
Growth
very slow
pH value
6 - 8
Temperature tolerance
4 - 28°C
Carbonate hardness
2 - 18°dKH
General hardness
9 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Splitting, cutting off daughter plants
Can grow emersed?
no
Source
Flowgrow

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This item has been rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
27 Reviews
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Horváth M.
Little bit smaller..
yesterday
Aegagropila linnaei M - 4-5 cm
Aegagropila linnaei M - 4-5 cm

I think i get much more smaller than 4-5cm...it was around 1-2 cm but for that price is okey.

But nothing special.

Anna D.
Bad state
22nd September
Aegagropila linnaei - S - 2-4 cm
Aegagropila linnaei - S - 2-4 cm

I bought 3 and 1 of them came in with a weird dirty layer on it and algae. Had to rub it off. I hope it wont affect my water.

Stavros V.
Great!
25th March
Aegagropila linnaei M - 4-5 cm
Aegagropila linnaei M - 4-5 cm

Healthy beautiful dark greek balls :D They make a great contrast with bright green plants. They may float for 1-2 days, but they sink afterwards. (read more)

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