Old 4th May 2012, 15:12   #1
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Anyone have any moss balls in their tank for nitrate control? Do they actually help keep nitrates down? Thinking of getting some.

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Old 4th May 2012, 15:18   #2
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Moss balls are great they do help with water quality and look great, but never relie on them to get you nitrates down.

Remeber to do weekly water changes and you cant go too much wrong.
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Great thanks. I do a weekly water change anyway. I will get them as extra.
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I have lots of them and they are really easy to propogate. Buy three as they are really expensive, off ebay and then cut them in half and tie some string around them to help them keep the ball shape and hey presto! from three balls, you get six!
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Do you squeeze them out during water change? (sorry to hijack)
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Moss balls are fab and do assist with Nitrate removal just as any plant does, just don't expect to see a massive fall in tank water water readings, they are not the miracle cure some sites make out lol! Yes, just give them a squeeze each week for maintenance. If higher levels of nitrate are an issue then either the partial use of RO or some Sechem De-Nitrate added to the filter in lieu of hard media works a treat within a few weeks. Needs to be in 'slower flow' though.

http://www.seachem.com/Products/prod...denitrate.html

Another fab plant for all tanks is Hornwort. Also effective at removing nitrate a little but has a natural algacide that discourages algae growth. It doesn't have to be planted as such just a few stems wafting around in the water current should help. I've used it in all tanks.
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Do you squeeze them out during water change? (sorry to hijack)
No, that's peat balls, they're completely different.
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Moss balls do tend to pick up debris in the aquarium but the only bad thing is it doesn't look nice so a quick wash in old tank water during a water change will leave them spick and span
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I always give mine a gentle squeeze in old tank water during a water change. I just find that it helps them to keep nice and in shape. Not sure if you're supposed to or not, but it doesn't seem to do mine any harm. You might find that they may float for a short period of time when you first pop them back into your tank, but they will settle back down onto the bottom.

I've got six at the moment. They grow fast. They were only small when I first bought them (approx. three months ago), now they're huge. The largest is bigger than a tennis ball. The smallest is slightly bigger than a golf ball. I've been thinking of buying a few more.
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Is it normal for big moss balls to go hollow inside? two of mine have but i didn't think they di go hollow.
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