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Marimo Moss Balls

Discussion in 'Aquatic Plants' started by Carmen21, Sep 12, 2014.

  1. Carmen21

    Carmen21 Hatchling Turtle

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    Hello,
    Was just wondering if Marino moss balls are safe for turtles?
    Thanks
     
  2. Craig

    Craig Founding Member/Administrator/Public Officer
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    Yes they are safe and have fed my turtles these in the past!
     
  3. Aussiepride83

    Aussiepride83 Senior Turtle

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    Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't it actually Marimo, not Marino moss balls? And they're not actually moss, but rather a type of algae?? (:hmmm)
     
  4. Feeding_Moloch

    Feeding_Moloch Hatchling Turtle

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    Aren't these illegal? Unless that had changed.....?
     
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    I bought some not too long ago and fed them to my turtles.
     
  6. Feeding_Moloch

    Feeding_Moloch Hatchling Turtle

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    Hi Craig,

    I'm not 100% sure so don't hold me to it ;)
    I read early last year that these are illegal to import into Aus. Not sure if this is still the case though. Apparently AQIS was paying a visit to a few people and some fines were handed out.
     
  7. marks

    marks Juvenile Turtle

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    What better way to dispose of them as turtle poop.

    Slightly off topic, is Java moss OK to feed turtles.
    Have looked through the plant thread but they are not shown as safe.
     
  8. Carmen21

    Carmen21 Hatchling Turtle

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    Awesome, thank you :) Yeah they are Marimo, my mistake. Don't know about whether they are algae or not. I recently bought some for my shrimp off ebay from someone in Sydney so I'm guessing they aren't illegal. Well at least I hope they aren't, haha.
     
  9. Craig

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    Hi Mark, Java moss is fine to feed to your turtles. I have been feeding my turtles Java moss for many years.
     
  10. TheyAreDudes.

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    I heard the same - again, not sure if it was true - because I was looking at buying some too!
     
  11. marks

    marks Juvenile Turtle

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    Thanks Craig.
     
  12. dahemmi

    dahemmi Juvenile Turtle

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    I know this thread is veeeeery old, but just in case anyone else stumbles across it when researching like I did I want to add for safety that I read a story of someone who had bought some of the marimo balls from ebay for their turtle tank and it turned out that they weren't marimo all the way through. Some sellers are pinning marimo moss to polystyrene balls using small pieces of metal and selling these, so always do a thorough check when you receive them to ensure they are genuine.