Am I the only person in the world who had never heard of Marimo Balls?
Perhaps you haven't heard of them either?
My friend Jennifer is a frequent flyer at the Lou's Pet Shop in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan.
She goes to buy cat food.
She goes to see Frankie the Sulcata Tortoise wandering around the store.
She goes to play with the birds.
she goes to buy Marimo Balls.
Marimo Balls, also known as moss balls, are sold in pet shops to be placed in aquariums. They have some benefits to the aquarium environment. But I'm not going to go into them because it's Sunday and I'm watching golf and feeling lazy.
She brought me my first one and I was a little addicted. I don't have any plants in my house because the light is so low, and I don't really have much room.
These are the perfect plant for me.
The cats can't get to them.
They are OK with low sun.
That little floating ball won't stay floating without higher light, but I'm ok with it sinking.
I have to change the water once a week.
The water has to sit overnight before you put the balls in it. I think because of something in the water. I can't remember what.
What I do is just fill a pitcher with a lid every time I clean it out and put it under the sink with the lid on until I need to clean again.
This picture is what happens when you don't clean it out for two weeks. The water starts to evaporate, and the moss balls shed and make the water pretty dirty.
To clean, you just squeeze them in your fingers like a sponge. Just wring them out. If you look closely in the picture you can see the yuck stuff coming out of the moss. I think you are supposed to wring them out completely before you take them out of the water. Then just lift them out and put them in the clean water in the pitcher.
Then I wash the container and pour the clean water and moss in.
I added a sea fan the last time and really like how it brightens up the tank.
Maybe I'll add a goldfish just for fun!
I hear that if I feed them they will grow bigger. The also reproduce - by splitting off little bitty moss balls - kind of like succulents that make little bitty rossettes off the mama plant.
There are actually little moss ball "kits" on Etsy where you can buy a glass container, some decorative sand, some shells, and of course, a moss ball.
I assume that the moss ball gets shipped in a jar of water.
But, who knows?
What do you think of these little plants?
Does your pet store sell moss balls?
I don't know what else to ask . . .
Rustic and Refined