Zebra mussel shown in Betta Buddy product sold in pet stores. (Photo courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

Invasive zebra mussels have been found in “Betta Buddy Marimo Balls,” a product sold at aquarium and pet supply stores in Colorado.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking stores to remove this product.

“We urge all aquarium and pet supply stores to immediately remove this product from their shelves,” said CPW Invasive Species Program Manager Robert Walters. “Zebra mussels are one of our most significant aquatic nuisance species concerns in Colorado. If they enter our waterways, they can wreak havoc on aquatic ecosystems, outdoor recreation, hydroelectric power equipment and the economy.”

Consumers that have recently purchased this product should first freeze or boil the Marimo Balls and dispose of them in the trash. They should not be flushed down the toilet.

If you have recently purchased this product and believe you may have a zebra mussel population in your aquarium, contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Invasive Species Program at 303-291-7295 for proper disposal methods.

CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 41 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW’s work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.

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