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    Satan Mold Pictures--Please Identify!

    Continued from: http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=125410

    I found it growing at the bottom of my hamata terrarium today...

    Since it had grown in mass down there, I was able to get some descent pictures of the stuff. I'm not even sure that it is mold. Please help me ID it and find an effective way of eradicating it before it spreads anywhere else!

    In order to completely kill it, I will need something that will be able to permeate all the media in a pot--maybe even something I could dunk a plant into pot and all.

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    Spider mite/ springtail webs?
    Havent been in the hobby in a while; but i'm pretty sure that's not mold.

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    I KNEW I've seen stuff like this before...took some digging, but I found this thread where people were affected by what looks like the same stuff...apparently its a fungus:

    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=124717

    There was another thread that had me suggesting RTU GreenLight Neem II (Neem w/ Pyerethins) or that its from tiny spiders >.>

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    It doesn't look like mold to me. At first I thought I had spider mites but two things contradicted that idea: Spider mites don't like wet medium and generally the webs can be seen on wet sphagnum media. They make these webs at night, so try cleaning them up during the day and see if they return overnight.
    The second is that I saw what appeared to be tiny black spiders on occasion moving through the media.
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    I was panicking for a minute--I thought it had gotten into the hamata pot, but it looks like I got the hamata out before that could happen. *sigh of relief*

    I thought about webs, but if it is from any kind of spider/etc it is something I've never heard of before. I had spider mites last spring, but this stuff does not seem to attack larger plants. Instead, the fibers smother little ones. If left unchecked it can spread very quickly. I know the stuff in the pictures wasn't there a week ago.

    I tried Green Light Neem II. The mold at the top dies, but then it comes back up from deeper down in the pot.

    After the heli incident, I got a small fan to help with circulation in the room. Hopefully that will help prevent future out breaks.

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    Spider mites like to live on the plant, not the media. Generally on the soft, growing tips. They'll form a mass so thick that the whole grow point will be encased in silk.
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    Brokken: I just removed some of it from the terrarium (which is now on the other side of the house). I'll check it tomorrow to see if any came back.

    Edit: That's why I don't think these are spider mites. It covers everything, old media, gemmae, utrics, moss. And I found fibers in the media at the bottom of the heli pot. The only part of the heli it bothered was a little bit of already dead material.

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    How much fresh air is getting to the plant? I got that sorta stuff when the terrarium is completely sealed but having some kind of open ventilation cured it overnight.

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