floating moss ball

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Noraelle
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floating moss ball

Post by Noraelle » Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:19 pm

I recently added a shrimp from my old ecosystem to test my new small tank. Tank had been left alone to cycle with a moss ball from Mustafa since late September. I moved a shrimp in last week when I observed brown algae and changed the lighting to LED (from sunlight) to prevent temperature fluctuation. Suddenly, the moss ball floats to the top, and won't stay down when I move it with a tweezer.
1. Is there a way to make it sink?
2. Does it indicate anything negative for the shrimp (i.e. too much oxygen?)

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Re: floating moss ball

Post by silvercorona » Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:22 pm

have a floating moss ball as well and would love and answer.

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Re: floating moss ball

Post by mike.d » Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:22 pm

I had a floating marimo in my tank. It would float up at the end of the day and fall back down by morning. It didn't hurt the shrimp.

There may be air trapped inside of it. Try giving it a firm squeeze. You can find videos of people that cut open their marimo. Sometimes they have dirt inside, sometimes nothing.

I don't think they can have too much oxygen. People have put bubblers in their tanks, before Mustafa taught them not to. The extra air didn't hurt the shrimp, but the turbulence in the water from the bubbles isn't supposed to be good for them.

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Re: floating moss ball

Post by Noraelle » Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:33 pm

Thanks Mike.D! :)

I've noticed that it floats up during the day when the light is on and comes down to "sleep" at night. I'll just let it be.

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