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Hello, long story short, I have 3 types of mold growing on above water wood, should I be worried that it will spread outside of the open top glass tank, read the full post for more details. Images at bottom of post.
- awaiting plants coming via delivery
- lighting is growth light on 24/7 sim cycle
- wood was not boiled before install (most the cause of growth)
- no animals are living in the tank, only organic plant life

I set up a paludarium with most of it being water/underwater, I have spiderwood hanging and sticking out of the water along with a cocofiber background, both stuck with 100% silicone.

Its been 2 weeks and I have had the cloudy, bacteria bloom and as of recent (past few days), I notice mold developing in above water area, coming from the spiderwood.

I want to tank to be 100% natural and any live that grows, grow in a natural but controlled way - im worried the mold will spread outside the open-top tank and cause me problems in the long term or does the mold stray to its growth areas ?

Is this something I should be worried about, should I cull it/remove it or let it just do its thing ?

https://imgur.com/zwmVtu4
https://imgur.com/7gemtmU
https://imgur.com/nVYzQ9a
https://imgur.com/49dgifr

Thanks :)
 

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Welcome to the board!

Looks like normal new tank stuff to me. I imagine it will go away as the tank ages. My experience is mostly with dart frogs, though, and paludaria are usually not an ideal (or even adequate) habitat for dart frogs, so someone with more experience might say something different. If that happens, listen to them, not me :)

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Hello, long story short, I have 3 types of mold growing on above water wood, should I be worried that it will spread outside of the open top glass tank, read the full post for more details. Images at bottom of post.
- awaiting plants coming via delivery
- lighting is growth light on 24/7 sim cycle
- wood was not boiled before install (most the cause of growth)
- no animals are living in the tank, only organic plant life

I set up a paludarium with most of it being water/underwater, I have spiderwood hanging and sticking out of the water along with a cocofiber background, both stuck with 100% silicone.

Its been 2 weeks and I have had the cloudy, bacteria bloom and as of recent (past few days), I notice mold developing in above water area, coming from the spiderwood.

I want to tank to be 100% natural and any live that grows, grow in a natural but controlled way - im worried the mold will spread outside the open-top tank and cause me problems in the long term or does the mold stray to its growth areas ?

Is this something I should be worried about, should I cull it/remove it or let it just do its thing ?

https://imgur.com/zwmVtu4
https://imgur.com/7gemtmU
https://imgur.com/nVYzQ9a
https://imgur.com/49dgifr

Thanks :)
In dart frog tanks we add springtails and isopods and they will eat mold and basically get rid of it for us so having mold form on wood (which happens regularly, especially any wood that wasn't boiled before going in) is a temporary measure because the springtails/isopods will just eat it. It looks like you have a pretty significant water feature in this tank so I'm guessing its not for dart frogs and same water feature would make it difficult to keep an isopod population in your tank (they drown themselves in water pretty regularly). You would probably do ok with springtails since they float. I would start with adding a culture of springtails to the tank and see what happens. Your water feature will need to be filtered or VERY heavily planted in order for it not to turn very very gross though.
 

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The meshy feature is like a surface platform of invitation and flourish. Especially in temperate ish temps with mild lighting.
 
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