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    Algae Problem

    I'm trying to germinate some Nepenthes seeds. I used sphagnum moss as a medium and I basically put it along with the seeds on top of it in a food container. My problem is algae has grown on the moss and practically coated the whole surface after just a few weeks. How can I remove these things without having to damage the seeds? Any opinion will be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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    For any future seeds, you might be better off with a peat/perlite mix, rather than LFS. You could then try sterilising the medium in a microwave, as Ron does: http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...2&postcount=48

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    hmmmm... thank you mobile. but my problem's i have it already in my moss. any suggestions on how i can minimize the growth of algae?

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    10% Hydrogen peroxide solution bought from the store and dH2O. Spray once or twice a day. Repeat till gone. Although once when the seedlings germinate, I would refrain from using this application.

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    I tried using a diluted solution of this before but it didn't work. I guess I have to use it at full strength. I fear that the algae will just deplete the nutrients / air that my seeds need to germinate...

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    I'm not too sure I'd jump right into a full strength application?

    Maybe try increasing the solutions potency gradually to see if the algae responds to a minimal increase from what you've already tried.

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    3% is usually what you buy in the store
    12% is what's used to professionally bleach hair
    What do you mean by full strength? 40% industrial 100% explosive?

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    Peat sand is more prone algae growth in my experience. Algae on lfs can be avoided if lfs washed in di water thoroughly before use. I have noticed that ones algae move in.. that is pretty much it.. fight is lost.

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