Notice: This entry was published 4 years ago and may no longer reflect my views today.
My friend Mara gave me a pet marimo for my birthday last month! I told her I was thinking of getting one since they look so cute and are very easy to take care of. Imagine my surprise when I received a package after coming home from Vegas. I knew exactly who it was from. Thank you so much, my dear waifu! (´ε｀ )♡ Marimos are moss balls native to Japan and parts of Europe. Keeping a marimo is said to bring good luck, but their population in nature has been dwindling because of this. They are now a protected species, however there are plenty of enthusiasts that grow and propagate their own marimos to distribute. They grow slowly but live for a very long time. I hope someday that mine will grow large enough to propagate too!
So here’s my new baby, Beebo the Marimo! If you’ve been following me on Twitter and Snapchat, you’ve most likely heard of him (I say him, but who knows ¯\_(ツ)_/¯). When I first saw him, I was reminded of the Powerpuff Girls’ furry pet, BEEBO. Hence the name.
I’ve been a little obsessed with Beebo. I even made a hashtag on Twitter! I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it in the long run. There’s only so much an algae ball can do! I’m just excited to have a pet even if it’s an insentient one. Mike’s not used to animals and our lease doesn’t allow them anyway.
Seeing Beebo definitely brightens up my day and makes me happy. I take short computer breaks every hour to stretch and rest my eyes, and I spend that time checking up on him. I’m so glad I have a marimo.
Tips for Marimo Care
I’ve been receiving a few questions about Beebo since I started tweeting about him. The awesome thing about marimos is how easy they are to care for! They can thrive in tap water and you’d only have to change it every week, every other week at most. I love watching Beebo form bubbles (called pearling) after a change. The water gets all fizzy, plus pearling is a very good sign of health.
Marimos naturally live in lake bottoms so keep them away from direct sunlight. I let Beebo sit on our kitchen counter in the daytime. I move him around a lot depending on the weather, as that affects how much sunlight he gets. Low to moderate indirect light, which is basically any room that gets sunlight, shoud work.
Marimos also form their round shape through lake currents gently rolling them. If you let them sit in the same position, they might lose their shape so you should gently swish the jar around to simulate that movement. I also use this chance to check for any discoloration or things that get stuck to Beebo. He had some white crusts on him at one point which I think was from deposits in our tap water. I switched to drinking water and he looks fine now.
Lastly, marimos prefer coooler water. It’s been hot where I’m at, so I’ve been adding some ice cubes in Beebo’s water. Not only do they keep him cool, it also serves as a small water change. You can even place marimo in the fridge. Don’t freeze them though!
That’s it for my little write-up on Beebo and marimos in general! I hope this was helpful to someone. Thank you again Mara for this awesome gift! Everyone should go visit her blog and say hi! She’s a talented artist who once sketched one of my Sims. Quality friend right there.