Meet my Newest Pet

I would prefer to have a pet cat, chicken or hedgehog but it’s just not going to happen. We have allergies to cats. Chickens are not allowed in the city limits and Hedgehogs.....well, they are just too odd. I can not talk Nick into letting me own one. Maybe one day, but for now, I had to settle for a plant pet. 

Meet Midori (Japanese word for green).


Midori is a Marimo Moss Ball or some call them algae balls. They are found in the bottom of rivers and lakes, and if taken care of, they can live over 200 years. 

I do not need to feed it, take it for a walk or litter train it. It just sits in an aquarium all day and the only thing I need to do is keep the water changed every couple weeks. The only tricks it will do is float to the top of the water sometimes. 
It is soft and fuzzy, does not smell and can live outside of the water for a couple days if it has too. This one may go on a few adventures. 


This species is found mostly in Japan, but I adopted this one from Indiana. They can also be found in most pet stores as people will usually add them to fish aquariums for added freshness and they make the fish happy. 

But then there are pet empty people like me that make them plant pets. 
Ok, call me weird but it will be fun coming up with ideas to decorate it’s living space. And honestly, it looks pretty cute sitting on my mantel.  


I remember when my sister used to have a pet rock. 
Do you or have you ever had something odd that you called a pet? 


Shop Marimo Moss Ball from Aquatic Arts.

14 comments

  1. Wow Lisa, That is the most unusual thing. I have never seen nor heard of such a thing. LOL Take care. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  2. Crazy! I have never heard of them before. What a fuss-free pet! I love it. We grew up on a farm so had a plethora of pets over the years. Wouldn't trade that for the world. xo Diana

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  3. Aren’t you the coolest pet owner. How unique. It is interesting to know about this Marino moss ball. Thanks for the tip about the acrylic glassware. Have a good week Lisa.

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  4. That is just too cool! I've never heard of one before! I like your new pet! The closest thing I can think of is an air fern. Mama came home from work one day with one. She said a co-worker had given it to her. That thing lived forever and for the life of me I don't know where it is now.
    I like your pet it is pretty and natural will blend in anywhere! Cute post...Dolly

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  5. Thanks for the education, never heard of a Midori . typing is slow today.
    Love from B-town
    Sherry & jack

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  6. Oh that is so unsual! But I think it's adorable. Does that make me weird? LOL

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  7. Well!! You live and learn!! I have never heard of this before!! It sort of reminds me of Flubber in the movie of the same name but I think this looks even nicer!! Midori....I could well imagine they exist in the sparking streams and rivers of Middle Earth. Its magical...what a gorgeous pet :-) We had loads of pets....my sister had a Canadian goose that she found as a chick all on its own in the marshes. I grew a lot and followed her everywhere. Stay safe. Amanda x

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    1. Ok sorry! that should read IT grew a lot not I ..... not that I didn't grow a lot I did....in all areas but I meant the chick! :-)

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  8. Never heard of a moss ball before. Glad you shared info about it. What did you name it?

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    1. Its a Marimo Moss Ball and I named it Madori

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  9. That's pretty cool. I too, am wondering what you named it.
    No, I've only had regular pets! :)

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  10. I've always had regular pets - that combined list now spans dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits, horses, hamsters, mice, parakeets, fish aquariums, fire bellied toads, a bearded dragon and goats. I've had those moss balls in some of my aquariums, they're wonderful for the fish and have an ethereal look. That's a cool decoration for sure. Earthy -

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  11. This is sooo fun!
    So where would one go about obtaining a moss ball? or three? assuming they are not territorial ๐Ÿ˜‰.

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    1. The link is at the end of the post and they can also be found at pet stores.
      Lisa

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