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Mold? In my Micros Solution?

So my micros solution has a fluffy residue on the bottom. I'm assuming this is mold?
I've added 20ml of API CO2 Booster to the bottle after mixing it, but it seems it didn't do the job (unless this isn't mold?). Is refrigeration the only other way to go?
And IS this mold?
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Looks more like some sort of precipitate. Did you use distilled water to mix the solution?
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Yup, it's Ice Mountain Distilled Water. I made double sure on that.
Is precipitate usually fluffy and floaty? This is like little clouds suspended at the bottom, when I move the solution it floats around, but it is clumpy.
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Hi hollo,

Yes, that sounds like mold; very common in CSM+B solutions even when I used distilled water. I now add about 10 ml of Seachem Excel / glutaraldehyde per 500 ml to my micro solutions and I no longer have issues with mold. Your current solution is still good, just unsightly.

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I did have the API CO2 Booster, which is just a different concentration of glutaraldehyde than what's in Excel, right? I just wonder if I'd need to add more...
Can I be sure that the mold isn't going to leech out too many nutrients? And would it be harmful to my fish and shrimp?
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From the picture it really looks more like a precipitate than mold, but if its fluffy I doubt it. Take some out. If its a solid its likely a precipitate. Either way its highly unlikely to cause any issues if you continue to dose.

IME, even if you kill the mold with glut, once its there it isnt going to completely disappear. Unless you manually remove it, it will still settle to the bottom.
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Add a little excel then refrigerate.


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So my micros solution has a fluffy residue on the bottom. I'm assuming this is mold?
I've added 20ml of API CO2 Booster to the bottle after mixing it, but it seems it didn't do the job (unless this isn't mold?). Is refrigeration the only other way to go?
And IS this mold?

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