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Quote shakeable Replybullet Topic: moss balls vs crayfish
    Posted: 10 December 2009 at 12:08am
hi all!!
i have a blue lobster (crayfish) in my tank, he has been with us for two years now and as lovely and peculiar he is, he has kept us from having any plants at all!, he even manages to cut, break, and destroy plastic ones!
but i have been reading about moss balls, and algae eating fish and shrimp leave the alone, will he do that?? i hope so, cos i already bought them, they will be here tomorrow!
i only paid 2 pound for them so i don´t really care, but if he doesn't kill them, is there anything i should know to keep them??

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Quote jimthefish Replybullet Posted: 10 December 2009 at 9:53am
Moss balls are actually an algae. To keep the ball shape they need to be moved around. It sounds as though your crayfish will do this! If it does destroy them you could always tie some bits onto stones or wood and let it grow over these. That way you'll still get the O2 and nitrate reduction that this 'plant' supplies.
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Quote shakeable Replybullet Posted: 20 December 2009 at 11:30am
i can now say that after a week the winner is moss ball!!
the 3 little (much tinier than i thought) balls are doing fine, rolling around the tank, even my 2 clown loaches look to play football with them! lolo
but i have to admit, maybe cos the transport... when i got them they were squashed badly an envelope, sometimes i see little green parts of them floating.... ill give some time to recover, lolol

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Quote shakeable Replybullet Posted: 13 January 2010 at 6:43pm
right.....    the moss balls are not doing so fine now...
they have lost the ball shape, they are now half a ball each! they don't roll in the tank any more, just sit there in their flat side! and lost their fibers are coming off and clogging the filters!
i have been cleaning them a little every week when i do the water changes, and i roll them into shape a little too, but after a couple of days again they lost the shape.
the light is on 12hours a day now for them, but now algae is growing on the tank.
anyone with experience with moss balls???
do i need to feed them something?
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Quote jimthefish Replybullet Posted: 13 January 2010 at 8:41pm
Moss balls are algae. If they're breaking up the algae you're seeing could be bits starting to grow elsewhere. I have seen a picture of a tank where this was allowed to happen and it did provide quite a good looking green carpet across the tank floor. 12 hours lighting is probably too much though and may well be contributing to the algae problem. 8-10 hours daily would be my suggestion, perhaps even less if you have lots of light.
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Quote jennybugs Replybullet Posted: 14 January 2010 at 1:37pm
To help them keep their shape, you could 'hug' your moss balls weekly...ie roll them around in your hands to keep them rotund.  I do this for mine and they stay lovely and spherical.  I have had the occasional sausage shaped one that refused to conform so I split it in two and then got two smaller ones and did the same to them, rolling them every week.
 
They soon fluff out somewhat and can look awful when they first arrive almost flattened out.
If they're shedding and flattening out on one side, it could be that your lobster is taking a nibble (or the fish) from one side in particular.  My fancy goldies do this so I end up with lopsided ones, and it's always the big lush ones they attack LOL
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Quote shakeable Replybullet Posted: 15 January 2010 at 1:28pm
that is what i do to them, i hug them a little like a stress ball in old tank water when i do water changes. maybe sebastian is having a little nibble of them at night.
ill give them a few weeks more and if they dont shape up... ill have to get them out, cos i can put up with the fluff in the filters if they look nice, but for nothing.....

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Quote manutius Replybullet Posted: 15 January 2010 at 8:20pm
love the name of sebastian "under dah sea......."



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Quote shakeable Replybullet Posted: 16 January 2010 at 9:35am
that is why we called him sebastian, lololol
not fis related now but we also have a rabbit called roger, and a black labrador called learoy! lolol
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