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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-07-2017, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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Mold when using pieces of wood

So I love the look of wood in a terrarium but both times I've tried to use it, mold has appeared after a few weeks. There is no dedicated light on any of my terrariums since they are relatively small. They just sit on a kitchen windowsill that faces the south so they never get direct sunlight. For this particular jar, I watch the condensation and open the top slightly if I notice there is too much throughout the day and usually only mist it with water every few days or so.

The one difference is I used a coconut fiber substrate this time and it seems to be holding moisture like crazy but I have also seen mold when using regular soil. Is there something I can do differently to avoid the mold?
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Terrarium? Let it breathe. Air flow is bad for mold. Ive never kept a sealed terrarium or vivarium, but I also kept animals in mine that required fresh air flow. What kind of wood are you using? Coco tends to be heavily innoculated with trichoderma a beneficial fungi, and holds more air in the mix than soil while also retaining a decent amount of water. What does this mold look like? Beneficial fungi doesnt always look pretty either. If intent to treat it there is a product called Actinovate that may help, and other products still to try as long as these terrariums hold plants only, if reptiles, or amphibians are present, especially fish then it limits the spectrum of product options.
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