how do i keep my moss ball thriving ive just bought it but dont know much about them.
i have java moss in all 3 of my tanks, in my smallest (14g) tank its only an 18W light. i have the light on around 8-9 hours a day and use liquid ferts every week after my water change and thats working out fine for me
There are several types of moss balls sold for aquarium use. Some of them (not Java moss) require quite a bit of light and a neutral pH. Some of the mosses sold by plant farms in Asia are not very easy to grow, so do a little research on the species you have.
I know most moss, that is sold in LFS's, is just java moss. Java moss was my first aquatic plant, I guess you can say, and it seems to need the least amount of attention.
There are also Marimo moss balls, Japanese moss balls and quite a few others including things that are called flame moss, Christmas moss, etc. Java moss is usually not referred to as a moss ball, maybe because it can be grown as a mat. The most common moss balls are Marimo, which has a fine texture like tree moss. Some of the moss ball types are pretty demanding, so you need to know which kind you have before you can give it proper care.