What are Moss Balls?

What are Moss Balls?

Moss balls, Aegagrophila linnaei, were first introduced into the aquatic hobby in the 1970's. More recently, the shrimp keeping hobby has expanded their popularity.

Moss Balls

Aegagrophila linnaei, or Marimo Moss Balls are a rare growth form of algae which grows into large green balls with a velvety appearance. The species can be found in a number of lakes and rivers in Japan and Northern Europe.

moss balls on beach

Moss balls are great for aquascaping and can be divided into smaller balls or strips quite easily. Moss balls can be used to fill gaps or holes in between rocks or on driftwood, creating a simple natural landscape very easily.

Aegagrophila is an undemanding plant and can be kept in almost any environment. Moss balls grow very slowly, only a few millimeters per year!


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