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    having kept fish for years, i was already convinced that at the end of the world there will be cockroaches and algae. now the lovely green goo has invaded my drosera seedlings' pots. (D. capensis & D. capillaris) will this harm my plants? it's been spreading pretty slowly, of course the darn stuff loves the same conitions as the plants and i hate using any chemicals to get rid of it. any solutions?

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    Spray it vigorously with water once a day. Something about disrupting the colonies tend to help eliminate it. This has worked great for my indoor pots, but not so well for my outdoor pots for some reason.
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    Are you talking about a layer of algae on the surface? It can choke out seedlings. What I have done with success is to overfill the container, and you can do this by placing your pot in a larger, taller container. Then coax the the lagae layer to separate from the soil media and manually remove. Re-plant the seedlings if they become dislodged.

    Are you using a terrarium?

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    nope, no terrarium, just the tray method by my window and a nice bright flourescent light. the D. capensis 'typical' pot already has at least one seedling with two teeeeeny tiny dew-covered leaves [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    i just tried the spray method on the largest patches of algae and it actusally seems to have knocked a lot of the green goo off, though i may have lost one or two seedlings in the process (oh well, i have at least thirty per pot. all i need is one or two to make it). i'll keep it up at least until the plants get bigger... thanx guys [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
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    Looks like you are surviving the CP learning curve - mold, algae, snu....

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    it shouldnt take to long for your D. capensis to get big enough for algae to no longer be a concern. as long as they are not terribly crowded they will put on size fast. but when youve got prolly 200 in a 3.5 inch pot, they dont grow very fast for some reason [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img] good luck with them.
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