pinkish mold in dirt - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-24-2015, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: san diego
Posts: 9
pinkish mold in dirt

Need advice. I have a 100g tank with Miracle grow Organic choice potting mix as a dirt bottom and have capped it with black diamond san blasting sand on both ends with pebble gravel in the middle. It measures about 1.5 inches for the dirt and same measurement for the cap.

The tank has been set up for about 2 months now and 1 month ago it has been starting to grow some pinkish mold in the dirt there is also greenish mold in another section. The cap has nothing, just the dirt.

I tried searching if others had similar problems, but didn't find anything. Anyone have advice of what this is and how to fix it?

Something noteworthy is that tank is set up in the front entrance and does get direct sunlight for only about 1 hour in the day.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pH...24_162311c.jpg

Should I redo the aquascape? is the dirt too thick?
yell0r0b is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-25-2015, 12:28 AM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Gatineau, Canada
Posts: 824
Where the substrate meets the glass, there can be all sort of things growing there depending on amount of light and high nutrient availability. You could try placing something dark against the glass to block the light completely and see if that helps.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Mariostg is offline  
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-25-2015, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: san diego
Posts: 9
good idea..

I will try that.. Doing so concerns me a bit though because it is kinda just covering the problem. WOuld and increase in mold buildup be harmful to the plants and fishes?
yell0r0b is offline  
 
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-25-2015, 01:09 AM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Gatineau, Canada
Posts: 824
At least it will tell you if the growth is caused by the light. Some people don't put soil against the glass to avoid seeing the king of stuff. They put the soil leaving a space on side and front glass then fill the gap with sand or gravel. Personally I find it interesting. But that's just me.

I doubt it will be a problem for your fauna. Can't be worse that newly soaked driftwood that becomes covered with white fluffy fungus.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Mariostg is offline  
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-25-2015, 01:17 AM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: san diego
Posts: 9
true, thanks for advice.

I was my first time using soil, wasn't sure about the different layout techniques. I wanted to layout to see the different layers of dirt plus cap, looked more interested to me. But now the exposed dirt came back to bite me. I will try to the cover up method.
Thanks again
yell0r0b is offline  
post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-25-2015, 02:16 AM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Gatineau, Canada
Posts: 824
No sweat. But it is interesting indeed. My miracle gro tank had an explosion of tubifex an I can see them litterally drilling in the soil. The whole layer of sand went straight down to the bottom. I don't think I could see it if the soil wasn't against the glass.

Sent from my SGH-M919V using Tapatalk


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Mariostg is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome