Cladophora Aegagropila

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Cladophora Aegagropila is often referred to as a "marismo moss ball". However, it is not really a ball of moss at all. In fact, it is a round mass of algae -- but is an exception to the general rule of avoiding algae at any cost. It is decorative in nature and provides a very nice accent to any aquarium envionment.

Small species, such as ornamental shrimp love these, and many fish species will scour it looking for nutrients and any food particles.

To retain their round shape, "moss balls" must be turned fairly regularly. Of partcuilar note, moss balls can be divided into smaller pieces and will become round over time. Alternatively, they can be attached to roots and rocks and will form a lush carpet-like growth.

Moss balls are sold individually and are approximately 3 to 10cm wide.

Type Moss


Growth Rate Slow
Height 3 - 10+ cm
Light Demand Low
CO2 Demand Low