Getting Creative With Marimo

My First Encounter with a Marimo

“Are the fuzzy leaf-ball things in this tank for fish to play with?” I asked. The aquarium shop clerk removed the covering and dipped his fingers into the water. “Almost,” he said, poking the green, velvety ball around. “It’s a pet plant, a Marimo. A spongy city of plant cells that drifts around lake bottoms at night and floats to the surface in time for sunrise. Makes for an easy pet, they’re really not fussy. They’re fine with fresh tank [...]

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The Best Music to Listen to While Enjoying your Marimo

Marimo in the lake, marimo in the terrarium. Wherever you prefer your marimo moss balls, make sure you have an algae-pleasing soundtrack on hand to please your ears and your spheres. Music Makes Marimo Moss Balls More Soothing: The best way to enjoy Marimo Moss Balls is by simply staring at them while listening to music. They make a great focal point to concentrate on while listening to calming meditation music by adding a bit of nature to an otherwise industrial looking [...]

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Marimo as a Form of Creative Artistic Expression

Marimo balls are spherical shaped algae found in the lakes of Japan, Iceland, and Estonia.  They have a soft, velvety appearance, and often move around like dancing, bouncy balls.  They would be a great addition to any fresh-water home aquarium; not only are they fun to look at, but marimo balls act as filters to clean the water, too! The balls have a pleasant velvety appearance and are beautiful when displayed in a fish tank or underwater terrarium.Marimos are very [...]

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A New Art: A New Age Marimo

The Marimo Moss Ball sways gently in its small aquarium. The water moves around it ever so slowly, and people walking by it can’t help but feel relaxed. Whether that sense of relaxation is brought on by the Marimo or by the New Age music that is playing somewhere in the background, no one really knows. They just all agree on one thing: that they have never felt so relaxed and so good in their lives. It’s true – on [...]

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Packaging Marimo as Gifts

A marimo ball or moss ball is a type of alga that grows into the shape of a sphere. The moss balls are very soft in texture and appearance and are commonly found growing in lakes in Japan, Scotland, Iceland and Estonia. These natural works of art grow flat on the bottom of lake floors and are made round by waves that gently roll the moss into perfect balls. There are three different types of algae growth forms in nature. [...]

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Fun Packaging Ideas for Marimo Balls as Gifts

Marimo moss balls can make a thoughtful gift for friends who enjoy aquariums or water plants. These filamentous green algae seem to have a free will of their own in how they sink and float in tanks, which makes them all the more enjoyable. Originating from lakes in Japan, Iceland, Estonia and Scotland, the waters' flow churns the algae around, allowing it to naturally grow into its small, spherical shape. Easily purchased through our website, they require little maintenance and can serve as a [...]

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Picking the Right Fit of Marimo for your Windowsill Jar

Basic Care Instructions: When choosing the perfect sized Marimo for your windowsill jar, one must first determine the size of the jar and then take into consideration the care and growth of the algae. Moss balls come from cold, clear water, so it is important to recreate an environment as close as possible to their natural habitat.The water must be changed regularly (preferred: once bi-weekly) and kept at 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit) to 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees [...]

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The Power of Marimo to Heal a Broken Heart

The beauty of Marimo Moss Balls, sometimes called Moss Balls or Japanese Moss Balls, is captivating the world over. Owning these adorable balls has become quite popular, especially in America and Asia. These green algae spheres are found in lakes or on the shaded side of rocks, being capable of growing very slowly to a maximum of 10 inches in diameter.Much sought after, the algae are associated with a romantically tragic legend in Japan, involving the tale of a [...]

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Marimo Balls: Keeping a Rare Good Luck Treasure

The Marimo ball is native to Akan Lake in Japan and is also found in a number of lakes in the northern hemisphere including in the United Kingdom, Russia, Iceland, Scotland and Estonia.  A rare growth form of algae called filamentous green algae (Chlorophyta), “Mari” means bouncy ball and “Mo” is a term for plants that grow in water. So, marimo literally means bouncy plant.Marimo balls develop their characteristically round shape because water currents push them around the bottom [...]

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Marimo as “Love Plants”

At first glance, a Marimo Ball may look like one of the fuzzy tribbles of Star Trek fame, but they are actually a rare form of algae that grow in the form of perfectly round, velvety soft balls. They are native to Japan’s Lake Adkan and in 1921 were declared a national treasure. Despite their appearance the balls are actually a collection of very densely packed individual filaments. Their movement in water and habits such as rolling around and [...]

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