Marimo Moss Ball - Planted Tank Mates

Marimo Moss Ball

2.5” | Foreground | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Column Feeder

Aegagropila linnaei

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2.5″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Foreground

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Shrimps can graze on Marimo Moss balls.

Notes

Very slow growing and easy to maintain.  You can rinse to clean and shape it back into a ball with your hands.  Another option is to tear it apart and place on wood, rocks and hardscapes.

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Description

2.5” | Foreground | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Column Feeder

5” | Foreground | Medium

Co2: Medium | Light: Low

Root Feeder

3” | Carpet | Medium

Co2: Yes | Light: High

Root Feeder

4” | Foreground | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Root Feeder

3” | Carpet | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Medium

Root Feeder

0.5” | Floating | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Column Feeder

Content

Aegagropila linnaei

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2.5"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Foreground

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Shrimps can graze on Marimo Moss balls.

Notes

Very slow growing and easy to maintain.  You can rinse to clean and shape it back into a ball with your hands.  Another option is to tear it apart and place on wood, rocks and hardscapes. https://plantedtankmates.com/aquarium-plants-for-beginners/

Hydrocotyle tripartita

Characteristics:

Max Size: 5"

Care Level: Medium

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Foreground

Parameters

Co2: Low - Medium

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Low foreground plants are great for invertebrates and bottom feeders to graze and hide.

Notes

Hydrocotle Japan make great foreground and midground plants.  The clover-like appearance of this plant creates a unique carpet experience.  It’s very hardy, undemanding and can quickly cover your foreground.  High lighting will help this plant grow low and spread.  Insufficient lighting will have the clovers reaching for the sky.  CO2 again will help with density and compactness.

Compare carpet plant options and select the next one for your planted tank See the diagrams on how you can setup CO2 for your aquarium

Eleocharis Acicularis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3"

Care Level: Medium

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Carpet

Parameters

Co2: Grows best with Co2

Light Level: Medium to High

Tank Mates

Great carpet plant.  Creates a lush looking lawn

Notes

Dwarf Hairgrass look like Microswords but are much more thin and fine in appearance. These can create a nice and compact grass appearance in any foreground. Without CO2, they will grow much slower and a little sparse. Strong lighting will help it densify and fine soil will prevent uprooting.

Compare carpet plant options and select the next one for your planted tank

See the diagrams on how you can setup CO2 for your aquarium

Staurogyne repens

Characteristics:

Max Size: 4"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Foreground

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Most community and nano fish such as tetras, rasboras, danios, mollies.  Bottom feeders like otocinclus, corydoras, shrimps and snails.  Larger fish like African Cichlids OK too.

Notes

Staurogyne Repens, also known as Creeping Staurogyne is an easy plant that does well in low or indirect lighting conditions.  Supplemented with CO2 and root fertilizers, it can creep throughout your substrate and carpet an aquarium.

Lilaeopsis brasiliensis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Carpet and Foreground

Parameters

Co2: Optional

Light Level: Medium to High

Tank Mates

Great carpet plant.  Creates a lush looking lawn.  Closely resembles grass

Notes

Microsword is one of the easiest carpet plants for beginners.  They’re relatively hardy and look like real lawn grass.  Plant clusters about 1.5” - 2” apart and allow them to infill.  They have runners that spread over the surface and shoot roots down into the substrate.  When planting, angle into the substrate at a diagonal to minimize uplifting.

Compare carpet plant options and select the next one for your planted tank See the diagrams on how you can setup CO2 for your aquarium

Lemnoideae

Characteristics:

Max Size: 0.5"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Floating

PH: 6.5 - 7.5

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Shrimp, snails, guppies, gouramis, betta, tetras, rasboras, danios

Notes

Duckweed is one of the most hardy and easy floating plants.  Under high lighting, it grows fast and extends its roots several inches into the water column.  Shrimp love to rest on the roots and baby fry love to hide in the plants.  The floating nature provide some shade and coverage while slowing down surface water movement.  Be sure Duckweed does not overgrow and labyrinth fish have some areas to come up and breathe.

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