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06-29-2013, 11:07 AM #1
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I do not have any live plants in my tank and the substrate is like eco earth ( I dont remember the name. ) The mold is white and looks like a spider web, it seems to be a common thing.
I dont know what to do and I dont want my gecko to get sick from the mold!
06-29-2013, 08:08 PM #2
I used to get that early on, but now I have isopods that keep the substrate pretty healthy in most of my tanks. If you are worried, make sure you let the humidity drop quite a bit in your tank every day to help prevent the mold. Cresteds can handle a drop to about 40% humidity between mistings.
If the issue continues, I would switch out the substrate, clean all the furnishings & the tank, and then make sure to let the humidity drop between mistings from then on.6.4.7 Rhacodactylus ciliatus, 0.1 Rhacodactylus auriculatus, 2.4 Pareodura picta, 0.1 Gehyra marginata, 0.2 Gekko gekko, 1.0 Lygodactylus williamsi
06-29-2013, 08:20 PM #3
So don't mist them again until it reaches like 50?
06-30-2013, 09:58 AM #4
yes. too much humidity without proper ventilation causes a lot of mold and fungus to grow and can cause resp. infections. In south florida, I only mist them once a day and only for drinking purposes. When I lived in new england, I misted twice a day, once in the am, and once at night (soaking at night), to help keep humidity going and make sure they were able to keep hydrated. Depending on where you live and the relative humidity, you only need to mist one to 2 times a day. If it takes a while to dry out, just mist at night and only enough to give him water to drink.6.4.7 Rhacodactylus ciliatus, 0.1 Rhacodactylus auriculatus, 2.4 Pareodura picta, 0.1 Gehyra marginata, 0.2 Gekko gekko, 1.0 Lygodactylus williamsiPost Thanks / Like - 0 Thanks, 1 LikesSamboozle liked this post
07-01-2013, 10:31 PM #5
I agree that Isopods do an Amazing job at keeping mold away, they really love to eat. It's pretty cheap for a colony of Isopods, once you get them just dump them in the enclosure "make sure they have something to hide under on the ground" and they will soon go to work cleaning and sifting the substrate. If you have enough, I promise you should never see mold again!
07-01-2013, 10:46 PM #6
I've read that this is common in grapewood and corkwood, or other woods used in viv setups. Apparently the dehydrated wood isn't accustomed to the moisture, so when you have it in the tank early on it begins reabsorbing small amounts of moisture. Some say the mold eventually stops.
I, too, saw this growing on my grapewood (I actually tossed out a small grapewood grass furnishing that developed the 'web'). After some time, it stopped for me and I still do my regular mist routine.1.0.0 P. guttata guttata - Red Foreman
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07-22-2013, 02:07 PM #7
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