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Mold in my terrarium?

I have some mold growing around a fern in the corner of my 10 gallon fish tank terrarium. I don't think I can put springtails in as this is an open terrarium. How can I exterminate the mold?
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Also, is this a sign of poor drainage or overwatering in that spot?
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Hard to say unless you post a photo. All terrariums/vivariums go through a period of mold growth, which is why introducing organisms that break down that mold (springtails, isopods) is so important. Springtails are pretty adaptable, I don't see why you couldn't add them.
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Well first of all, my problem has been solved with the help of a friend. Turns out it was spider mites, which I know nothing about, and I mistook it for mold.

But the reason I dont think I can add organisms is because its an open terrarium. It has no lid. Plus the soil is only about nine inches from the top. It's only a cleaned out 10 gallon fish tank.

I know I could make a lid with acrylic, but some of the plants I picked are too large and several are over the top.

Springtails jump, and could easily jump out I suppose? I'm not sure, I know they jump, but I've never used them yet. This is my first terrarium.

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They should be fine but for mold use carbon under base is how it should be built. I dont have any in mine though. Mine is also bio active which they will eat mold so it's kind of a toss up.

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