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Question Mold growing in Plantex CSM+B mix

Hi,
I mixed a plantex csm+b solution and now there's a layer of moldy fungus on the surface of the solution in my bottle. Theres also some sort of fungus in the solution itself. How can i prevent this?
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Trace mixes should be stored out of the light and in the fridge.
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I use an opaque bottle and only mix 500ml at a time.


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I had this problem too and tossed it out. Kept it in the fridge and happened again, albeit much much more slowly. Third time I washed the heck out of the storage bottle and lately have had it out of the fridge for a few winter months now with no fungus. Go figure? Bob





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I have heard that this stuff does get mold very easy. So I just mixed 200ml with 1t. This way if it does go bad it is just a marginal amount. Also by mixing in small amounts you will have a fresher mix than if you mix say 500ml's.


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I see...
Thanks for the tips.
Ill give it a try.

Ive read a recipe where HCl is added to keep the pH low. I know low pHs prevent some microbial life from growing. Will this help?
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The acid might help, but molds are pretty tough. I had a mold form on the surface of a GASOLINE sample once - granted, it took a year, but it did form!

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Has enyone thought of using Melafix or any other antifungal as an aditive in the mix?

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I am adding Seachem Excel to my fertilizer mixes. Too early to draw conclusions. But from what I am seeing I am optimistic.

These mixes are for autodosing, they empty over 2 weeks and are kept at room temp.


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Third time I washed the heck out of the storage bottle and lately have had it out of the fridge for a few winter months now with no fungus. Go figure? Bob
I'm about to mix my Plantex up. How did you wash? I'm thinking about the dishwasher and then boiling the bottle or atleast rinsing with boiling water. Do you think this will work?

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I think if you simply put the bottle and lid in the dishwasher (make sure it is dishwasher safe!) take it out carefully without moving it around too much and close the lid on it. Then add the fertilizer mix that has been made in hot water and cooled. You might have sucess.

I am using drip bottles and therefore, can't try this semi-aseptic method (yes, I have a degree in Microbiology).



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i dont think the mold will hurt anything
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does hard water render some of these fertilizers inert? does freezing hurt them? I put some on the freezer so it wouldn't get moldy in the fridge.
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The mold does not hurt per se, but it does tend to clog up the pump and also, why would you want to add a bunch of mold that coudl potentially grow on other stuff in the tank anyway? Best to not let it grow I say!

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