Moss Ball as one of the most fascinating Aquarium Plant
How was Moss ball discovered?
Here is a little information about the history of the discovery of Moss ball , a nice aquarium plant. It was discovered in the nineteenth century.
There is a lake in the Alps. It's called Lake Zell. Lake Zell is not very large. It is a freshwater lake. Its depth is approximately 60 meters. One stream flows out of Lake Zell. The stream connects the lake to the river Salzach. Name of the lake derives from city situated on the bank of the river. City is not very big but really nice. The lake is situated beautifully among high mountains. These are Austrian Alps. Nobody expected that some nice water plants had been founded in the discovered lake. The lake water is cold and hard transparent. In winter the lake freezes and coincides with a thick layer of ice. Moss Ball was founded by Dr. Anton E. Sauter in 1820.
Can aquarium plants live in such cool area as the Lake Zell? Apparently they can. Most of the water plants grow in tropical regions of the world. Some water plants grow in cold climates where winter is quite normal. Although water plants come from cold climates,they are able to grow well in warm aquarium water. Likewise, Moss ball can be easily adopted to the warm environment.
Common name: Moss ball.
It often happens that the same species of plants for aquarium have different names. Reasons can be varied. It is up to individual grower to decide about the name of the cultivated plant. Luckily, basic name is usually very accurate. Different common names often vary considerably from names established by botanists. For example, Hygrophila Corymbosa is commonly known as: Temple Plant, or Giant Hygro Starhorn. Similarly, Hygrophila Difformis is known as Water Wisteria, Synema. Hygrophila Polysperma has several common names. it is known as: Dwarf Hygro, Indian Waterweed. Dwarf Hygrophila, Miramar Weed. Very nice aquarium plant Bacopa amplexicaulis is commonly called Giant Red Bacopa, Lemon Bacopa, Water Hyssop. A very popular floating plant for aquarium Pistia stratiotes is often called as water cabbage, shellflower, nile cabbage, water lettuce. As you can see aquarium plants can have many different names. Often various names of the same plant are used by traders to create illusion of a large number of aquarium plants they have in stock. They sell brand new and a very attractive aquarium plant whereas there is the same well known by many experienced aquarists plant . The same is with Moss ball. Although it is still the same aquarium plant it has several common names. Marimo ball is often referred to as: Moss ball, Japanese Ball, Algae Ball, Cladophora Ball, Lake Ball. As you can see there is a lot of names. In our online shop we use only two names: Marimo ball and Moss ball. I think that the two names for this aquarium plant are completely enough.
Where can we grow Moss ball?
Aquarium plants usually grow in aquarium. Aquarium is equipped with a filter, lighting and heater. Gravel or other substrate is placed on the bottom of the aquarium. Aquarium plants let the roots and grow nicely. This is quite different in case of Moss ball. Moss ball is an algae of the genus Cladophora. Moss ball has no roots. It lies on the bottom of the aquarium and grows. It gets nutrients directly from the water. We can grow Moss ball in each tank. We do not need to install the filter or any special lighting. Every container can be suitable for growing Marimo ball, This can be a traditional aquarium with aquarium plants and fish as well as a water tank with filter system and lighting. But not only. Moss Ball can be grown in miscellaneous glass containers, such as jars, trays, bottles, bowls, etc. If you grow Marimo ball in such containers you need to remember to replace the water regularly and clean the tank. And that is all. I wish everybody good luck in cultivation of Moss Ball. Growing Moss Ball is much easier than growing other aquarium plants.