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    Zombie Sphagnum or Algae?

    Just curious if i have a zombie infestation of sphagnum, or, of this is algae. and IF it is algae, is this going to be a problem? I am using a nepenthes potting mix from California Carnivores.

    I got these little guys from the Czech Republic. They almost died on me after shipping but seem to be recovering in this enviornment.

    Growth is done indoors, in a 10 gallon aquarium, with a LED grow light. This is approx 10 days between image 1 to image 2

    ALso i see something growing in image 2. Not sure what that is?

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    It's algae. You should always sterilize your media before use, particularly with tiny fresh arrivals from TC.

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    Never once had a problem with algae. It always slowly creeps in
    On my seed pots or chilean sphagnum, but it seems to do nothing more than turn
    Green. i usually mark this as the halfway point to moss beginning to germinate.

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    I just really hate the slimy feel. Reminds me of Jell-O...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NemJones View Post
    Never once had a problem with algae. It always slowly creeps in
    On my seed pots or chilean sphagnum, but it seems to do nothing more than turn
    Green. i usually mark this as the halfway point to moss beginning to germinate.
    +1

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    I have a few saltwater aquariums so Im used to that weird slimey feeling,
    Although im never petting the sphagnum..

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    I've had algae grow in many pots, and while the algae itself never seems to harm the plants, from observation I do have to believe it contributes to faster decay of the media, causing you to have to re-pot sooner, or risk growing your plants in stranded sludge. Usually low (fresh) air-flow is the culprit for me, though nearly every pot I've ever added ferts to has grown algae regardless. No idea how to combat it other than exposing it to direct sunlight and fresh air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zath View Post
    No idea how to combat it other than exposing it to direct sunlight and fresh air.
    RD-20 or Physan (same thing just different names), will kill off the algae BUT it will also kill off moss.
    "Blessed are the cracked….
    For they are the ones who let in the light."



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