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marimo moss ball light bulb aquarium

by Sara Reynolds
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  • the story

Let There Be Life

The marimo is a living moss ball found growing in lakes in Iceland, Scotland, Japan, and Estonia. Each lake's current swirls the little plant around and around so it grows naturally into a petite pom-pom shape. Its curious name is a portmanteau of two Japanese words, "mari," meaning "bouncy ball," and "mo," a term for plants that grow underwater.

This sweet, sphere-shaped creature is adored around the globe: the Japanese believe that it brings good luck, and in Iceland it is believed that a well-loved marimo makes wishes come true!

With Sara Reynolds's palm-sized aquarium, you can bring a bit of the marimo's magic into your life or the life of someone you love. Her light-bulb-turned-ecosystem supports this tiny good-luck charm in its own, indoor environment, making it the perfect accent for desks, tables, and dressers. To care for your marimo, simply change its water every one to two weeks (more frequently during the summer) and display it in artificial light. Assembled by hand in Wisconsin.

Exclusively at UncommonGoods.

Unfortunately, this item cannot ship outside of the United States at this time.

  • details
Handmade
Exclusive
Item ID
23539
Made from
metal, sand, marimo moss ball, repurposed light bulb
Measurements
5" H x 3" dia.
Notes
Please note: Marimo Moss Ball Light Bulb Aquarium should be handled by the glass base, not the metal fixture.

Care instructions: All the marimo moss ball needs is to be completely under water and some artificial light! Water should be changed once every 2 weeks or when water becomes cloudy.
  • the maker

Sara Reynolds

Sara Reynolds is a designer living in Brookfield, Wisconsin specializing in jewelry and sculpture. She is also a painter, PMC artist, and a proud mother.

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MARIMO MOSS BALL LIGHT BULB AQUARIUM
 
4.5

(based on 77 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (53)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (63)
  • Accurate instructions (49)
  • Healthy (24)
  • Lightweight (24)
  • Versatile (11)

Cons

  • Small in size (10)
  • Flimsy (3)

Best Uses

  • Indoors (67)
  • Garden (6)
  • Office (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Getting started (31), Avid gardener (25), Master gardener (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (68), Business (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (40), No (33)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Self (31), Other (10), Husband (9), Wife (8), Mother (5)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Other (35), Birthday (13), Christmas or hanukkah (8), Mother’s day (6), Father’s day (4)

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5.0

Beautiful, But Smaller Than Expected

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from New York, New York

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Lightweight
  • Original

Cons

  • Small In Size

Best Uses

  • Indoors

Comments about MARIMO MOSS BALL LIGHT BULB AQUARIUM:

Although the product was smaller than expected, it is beautiful. It's a great alternative for a pet fish. My recipient said that he can't wait to see the changes that the moss ball will go through. I want one for my own now!

Service and delivery comments:

The delivery was prompt and the product arrived in good condition.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal
  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
  • Other
  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
  • Other

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5.0

Love It

By 

from Louisiana

About Me Avid Gardener

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Perfect gift

Cons

  • I Haven't Found Any Cons

Best Uses

  • Desk Kitchen Zen
  • Indoors

Comments about MARIMO MOSS BALL LIGHT BULB AQUARIUM:

I love this. So do my granddaughters.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal
  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
  • Self
  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
  • Mother’s Day

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4.0

Unique gift for the

By 

from Austin, Texas

About Me Avid Gardener

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Lightweight
  • Mysterious
  • Unique

Cons

  • Delicate
  • Lacks Explanation

Best Uses

  • Gift
  • Indoors

Comments about MARIMO MOSS BALL LIGHT BULB AQUARIUM:

This is a unique and, at first blush, mysterious gift. Which for me was a boon. The fact that it was impossible to identify intrigued me and my gift recipient (she has everything else in the world...). I'm pleased that it continues to evlove and change as time passes.
Please note, however, that some concise instructions mught be handy for the more intrepid recipent. I believe they had to go to Uncommon Goods' website for a more complete description, which isn't as much fun as, say, just trying it themselves, autonomously.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal
  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
  • Other
  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
  • Birthday

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5.0

Cute!

By 

from Baltimore, MD

About Me Getting Started

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors
    • Mother's Day Present

    Comments about MARIMO MOSS BALL LIGHT BULB AQUARIUM:

    Cute little thing! I gave it to my mom for mother's day (early, yes I know) and she loved the back story to it. I think shes is going to try to keep it growing to give back to me at a later date in life :)

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Mother
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Mother’s Day

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    5.0

    cute as a buttton

    By 

    from Macomb, MI

    About Me Getting Started

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Healthy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors

      Comments about MARIMO MOSS BALL LIGHT BULB AQUARIUM:

      I bought the marimo ball as a birthday gift for my husband. He has it in his office and it looks exactly as the picture on line. Instructions were clear,concise and easy to follow. Very pleased with this product.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Husband
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Birthday

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      5.0

      On my desk

      By 

      from Minot, ND

      About Me Getting Started

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Eccentric
      • Healthy
      • Interesting
      • Lightweight
      • Lucky
      • Unique

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Indoors
      • In The Office
      • On A Desk

      Comments about MARIMO MOSS BALL LIGHT BULB AQUARIUM:

      When anyone walks into my office their eyes are immediately drawn to my new little friend. The questions come, what is it, is it real, where did you get it? Definitely a great purchase and awesome piece of art.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Self
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Other

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice little home for moss balls

      By 

      from Huntsville, AL

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about MARIMO MOSS BALL LIGHT BULB AQUARIUM:

            My wife wanted a new home for her two mossimo balls from Japan. They seem to be getting along OK with their new friend. She (my wife) thinks the new home is quite stylish and she is happy with it, so I am happy too. I am hoping the moss balls don't multiply. This is their third home, and hopefully their last.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Wife
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Birthday

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Cutetest,most original gift,small flaw

            By 

            from Germantown,WI.

            About Me Avid Gardener

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate Instructions
            • Attractive
            • Healthy
            • Lightweight
            • Very Original

            Cons

            • Bulb Flimsy

            Best Uses

            • Indoors

            Comments about MARIMO MOSS BALL LIGHT BULB AQUARIUM:

            Bought this creative gift to share as a project with dtr.easy instructions. I read a lot of reviews prior to purchasing it. Many saying it was to small or problems with getting sand to settle. I poured the water in ever so slowly after putting sand in..went very easy. Read the myth card to dtr that I was doing project with which made it only more exciting. The only con was that the top of the light bulb was broken off from the bulb leaving rigid edges. I'm sure I could have returned it but returning items gets old. Almost weekly I find something very original from your site and rarely pass up buying it. My garage is full of uncommon goods shipped boxes.when we dropped the moss ball in..which we named - mermaid - it took a couple days for it to fall to bottom but it was a happy day when it did. It's nice and round and looks healthy. I love the strong heavy ,eye catching base that holds the light ball. I hope I don't regret not returning right away when I saw the top was broken off. My dtr was in such a hurry to start it up. My only concern is if she gets cut on the ragged edges of the glass attached to the bulb. I would still recommend it to any body. Just read your measurements well so you know what you will be getting. Frustrating to read others say too small. All that information is listed or possible to get. As I said I am impressed how sturdy and the base for the bulb is. Really cute idea...one of those gifts for some one who has everything. I can't remember not being able to find a gift for someone on your site..actually the opposite..I want too many of your products. Thank you very much

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Child
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Other

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            5.0

            aquarium

            By 

            from Ligonier IN

            About Me Avid Gardener

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive
            • Fragile
            • Hardy

            Cons

            • Fragile

            Best Uses

            • Indoors

            Comments about MARIMO MOSS BALL LIGHT BULB AQUARIUM:

            very nice product.....I love it but like I said it is very fragile ..other than that it is great and makes a wonderful conversation piece....love the little moss ball...I even named him,

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Self
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Other

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            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            It was just alright - not what I thought

            By 

            from Tampa, FL

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Small In Size

              Best Uses

                Comments about MARIMO MOSS BALL LIGHT BULB AQUARIUM:

                Have not used it yet as it does not look as nice as it did in your catalog. Disappointed in the quality.

                Service and delivery comments:

                Super delivery, although the packaging was overkill. Would have enjoyed having a catalog in the box.

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Self
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Other

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