It is important to note that all Marimo sold from Aquatic Arts is responsibly collected and put through a rigorous quarantine process to ensure safety and quality. All of our incoming Marimo shipments are inspected and cleared by DFW/USDA before we receive them. Upon arrival, we quarantine and treat all of the Marimo for a minimum of two weeks, to fully eradicate any pests, including zebra mussels. This includes a saltwater bath that kills any “hitchhikers” that may be attached without causing any harm to the plant.
We take conservation very seriously here at Aquatic Arts, and we go through great lengths to support it. It’s in everyone's best interest to remain vigilant regarding invasive species. Our customers will never find a live mussel (or anything else) in Marimo sent from us, mainly because of the lengthy, tedious, and strict quarantine process that we follow, which makes it impossible for invaders of any kind to survive. As far as we know, we’re currently the only Marimo supplier doing anything like this, and that definitely sets us far apart from the rest.
Marimo Moss Balls are one of the most popular plants in the aquarium hobby. In Japan, they are widely kept as ornamental plants in jars. These moss balls can be quite useful for the aquarium because they generate oxygen and remove nitrates, improving water quality. Marimo are often sold in the form of "nano" moss balls, which are much smaller. Our giant Marimo balls are 7 to 10 times as large as nano Marimo. These moss balls will be 1.5 to 2.25 or more inches in diameter. If you wish, you can cut the moss balls into smaller pieces and the individual pieces will grow into separate nano Marimo moss balls.
Marimo balls are regarded as good luck charms in Japan, and since they have been known to live to 200 years and beyond, they are often kept as family heirlooms. They are thought to symbolize close bonds between family members or close-knit friends, and are often passed down to children and grandchildren or nieces and nephews. By the time future generations receive the Marimo balls, they will be larger in size and will continue to grow with each generation. Additionally, Marimo balls are sometimes given to young children as "pets," since the only care they require is occasional water changes.
Marimo balls are also though to represent everlasting love; thus, they are often used as wedding table ornaments or even gifted at weddings. They are appropriate as a gift to the bride and groom, and smaller Marimo balls make wonderful take-home gifts for the guests that can serve as mementos of the newly-weds' special day.
If you would like to purchase our largest Marimo Moss Ball, select the "1 Super Giant Marimo" option above. These "Super Giant Marimo" will be 2.5 to 3.5 inches in diameter (about the size of a baseball!) or larger AFTER being in water for 4 hours. And here's a fact that's sure to impress your friends: this moss ball's enormous size means that it must be at least 20 years old! Because of the amount of time it takes to grow, giant Marimo balls like these are an EXTREMELY rare find!
All Aquatic Arts brand plants and animals come with a 100% live arrival guarantee, plus free email support!
(No aquarium plant distributor/nursery/wholesaler/retailer, can or will guarantee their plants to be 100% snail free, we can not guarantee our plants will be snail free)