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    Mold on Moss and Wood in my DSM tank

    My dry start tank has been going for about two weeks now (more or less), and I'm seeing some fuzzy white mold starting to grow on some of the flame moss I put on the driftwood. Is this something I need to take care of, or just let it be?

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    SCAPE Member SCAPEr joethecinbeng's Avatar
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    Theres no need for DSM. Its better to spend more money to have plenty of plants and start right away.

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    That doesn't really answer my question. I guess it's moot now, though; the mold was starting to spread pretty rapidly so I decided to go ahead and flood the tank. I think the plants in the substrate will be fine, I'm just hoping that the moss i put on the rocks will hold on.

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    I can't tell from the pictures if that's mold or fungus - it is normal for wood to fungus up a bit. If it remains through the flooding, assume it is fungus and no big deal.

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    If you knew/researched about DSM you would know that this would happen in the first place. Even with full water it will happen as well. But you will have fish/shrimps to take care of it

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    Some people just want a different experience and need help through it, nothing wrong with that, everyone there own in this hobby!


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    There are/were white spots of mold/fungus which just appeared on the wood, but that wasn't what I was concerned about. There's a different thing which was growing on flame moss where I had used the yogurt. The other kind of mold was very fuzzy and starting spread across the areas of moss, including moss I had put on rocks. The tank's been flooded for 2 1/2 days now, the moss has actually stayed attached, but the mold doesn't seem to have given up either. Maybe I could drain the tank and introduce springtails? Or I could just go ahead and plant the rest of the tank and keep it flooded. There's still a lot of Ammonia coming from the soil, so I don't think I can put any livestock in the water yet. I'm not sure what to do at this point.
    (Here's what it looks like under water)
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    Last edited by jnatelowe; 05-31-2021 at 04:48 PM. Reason: photo came in upside down

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    I had this before, it's normal and perfectly fine. Shrimps would love these and clean them up in no time. Try a single Amano or cherry shrimp?

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