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    kauinca
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    Just got plant Sunday. Transplanted into glass fishbowl yesterday. Put about 1" aquarium gravel on bottom, made a soil mixture of Schultz peet moss and supersoil, topped of with Schultz green moss. Water (bottled spring water) is in the gravel, soil is moist, have the top covered about 80%. Obviously did something wrong...what's with the white, fuzzy looking mold? What caused it and how can we do to get rid of it and prevent it from returning? Thank you in advance for all help!!!! Will check back in a few hours - hope it won't be too late!!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]

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    The only thing I can see that may be possibly wrong is that you did not used distilled water I made the same mistake on my first VFT and it eventually died. It maybe you don't have sufficent air circulation either, this is key. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
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    [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] Sounds to me that the entire soil mixture is wrong. The supersoil most likely contains fertilizer and will kill your VFT. Avoid aquarium gravel as it contains salts and VFTs do not light salts. The Schultz peat moss also may contain fertilizer.

    If the mold breaks down into a powder when you touch it, its probably salts building up in the soil mixture. I would remove the VFT asap and put it in a pot with pure sphagnum moss or a mixture of 70% Canadian Peat Moss and 30% perlite.

    Water only with distilled water or Reverse Osmosis water. Normal tap water, and many bottled water, contains salts and other chemicals that will kill a VFT.
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    Does it look something like this:



    Ok, thought it might have been salts building up.
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    Oh no! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]

    Nick, no it doesn't look like the photo, it looks feathery.

    We took the plastic off the top before we left today, and upon checking it out a bit ago, I can say it doesn't look any worse. I'm going to check out the bags of stuff I have, and see if any of it matches your recommendations. Unfortunately I don't have any distilled water. AAHHH.

    Wish me luck!

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    o.k., just checked, I have Canadian Sphagnum Peat (no perlite, however) I'll figure out a way to improvise for now since stores are closed...

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    Hi Kauinca,

    Welcome to the forum [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    The Sphagnum peat moss is fine, but the supersoil has got to go! Supersoil has fertilizer---bad for VFT [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]

    The green moss is probably NOT[B] real sphagnum moss---also bad for VFT.

    The feathery stuff sounds like mold...keep the cover OFF! Good ventilation keeps the molds away...

    As for the spring water...not good for VFT [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]

    Most major supermarkets have water machine outside their store. Check out your local supermarket and purchase distilled water (or salt-free) or buy bottled distilled water (more expensive$$&#036[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] inside the market.

    Hope that helps [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Hello [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
    It does sound like you have done a couple of things wrong (which have already been pointed out) but what is causing the mold or fungus is bad air circulation, you need to get a fan hooked up even if the top is open it will get that way.

    I just read your post again and I cant help but wonder how in the heck mold or fungus can apear so quickly you did say you just plated it yesterday right? Hm... wierd [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] Was the soil already moist before you used it? Normally it doesnt apear that quickly.



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