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PostSubject: bark for the enclosure...   5/16/2013, 8:28 am

i washed and sun dried the bark and cooked it in the oven, how come after few days in my h. swammerdami's enclosure molds started to grow on it... how should i sterilized the bark so that mold will not grow anymore? Sad

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PostSubject: Re: bark for the enclosure...   5/16/2013, 10:45 am

Sounds like you did everthing right, sometimes the mold spore could have came out of the substrate or the air.
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PostSubject: Re: bark for the enclosure...   5/16/2013, 10:54 am

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Sounds like you did everthing right, sometimes the mold spore could have came out of the substrate or the air.

is there anything i can do to get rid of those and be able to use the barks again?

i removed it already, the only decor my enclosure has right now are the flat glittery stones ( i guess its mineralized)

white sand, and the dry moss....


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PostSubject: Re: bark for the enclosure...   5/16/2013, 4:49 pm

Mould isn't too much of a problem but it does look horrible and can get out of hand and spread everywhere.

You've already dried the wood out properly which can help reduce mould.

If the substrate is very damp/soaking this can create ideal conditions for mould to grow. If this is the case you could try drying out the substrate a little. It only needs to be damp to create the required humidity for this species.

Restricted airflow can also cause mould to go a bit crazy. Obviously you don't want so much ventilation that it becomes impossible to maintain the correct humidity but creating a bit more airflow may help to reduce the mould.

Finally, you could add some 'mini-beasts' such as springtails and woodlice/isopods. These little guys are very good at eating-up any rotting material in an enclosure.
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PostSubject: Re: bark for the enclosure...   5/16/2013, 9:01 pm

Callum B wrote:
Mould isn't too much of a problem but it does look horrible and can get out of hand and spread everywhere.

You've already dried the wood out properly which can help reduce mould.

If the substrate is very damp/soaking this can create ideal conditions for mould to grow. If this is the case you could try drying out the substrate a little. It only needs to be damp to create the required humidity for this species.

Restricted airflow can also cause mould to go a bit crazy. Obviously you don't want so much ventilation that it becomes impossible to maintain the correct humidity but creating a bit more airflow may help to reduce the mould.

Finally, you could add some 'mini-beasts' such as springtails and woodlice/isopods. These little guys are very good at eating-up any rotting material in an enclosure.

thank you... ll see where i can some woodlice here in the philippines.. its kinda limited here in our country...
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