I have a Fowler's Toad that is very happy in his home new to him for under a week. I now see what appears to be Mildew or mold or some fungus growing on the Spagnum. Could this be harmful and is there a way to check its growth without replacing this all this time. Could the Humidity be to high at about 85%. I have a plant row light in his 10 Gal tank aould this be the cause of it propagation?
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I have a Fowler's Toad that is very happy in his home new to him for under a week. I now see what appears to be Mildew or mold or some fungus growing on the Spagnum.

Are you sure that's long strand spagnum moss? It looks different from what I have purchased in the past. Spagnum is a high pH moss (I think) and is supposed to inhibit fungal growth.
Could this be harmful

Yes, to your frog.
and is there a way to check its growth without replacing this all this time.

I just use my nose and eyes.
Could the Humidity be to high at about 85%.

I'm sure its helpful for the mould growth. Does your toad really require humidity that high? I bet he's not complaining any. Emotion: smile
I have a plant row light in his 10 Gal tank aould this be the cause of it propagation?

Sounds like with the high humidity and full-spectrum lighting you're probably encouraging the growth. Try a different kind of lighting and check if your moss is really spagnum. I use both spagnum and plain green moss in my frog tanks. I find slightly higher heat and regular substrate changes reduces the mildew. I also found my tapwater was making it worse, I long ago switched to bottled drinking water for my misters and amphibian water dishes.
fr0glet
OK, here's a question.. we've been using just tap water for Sorath and Stinker's humidity and water bowls..they have been getting the same water we drink. Is there a solid rationale for switching them to bottled water, and if so, should it be distilled or springwater? I know the local tap water doesn't taste all that great...I mostly just drink it boiled as coffee or tea, or flavored with pink lemonade.
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I also found my tapwater was making it worse, I long ago

switched to bottled drinking water for my misters and amphibian water dishes. fr0glet

OK, here's a question.. we've been using just tap water for Sorath and Stinker's humidity and water bowls..they have been ... tap water doesn't taste all that great...I mostly just drink it boiled ascoffee or tea, or flavored with pink lemonade.

Absolutely no distilled water, it lacks the most essential minerals and electrolyte.
Anna
I also found my tapwater was making it worse, I long ago

switched to bottled drinking water for my misters and amphibian water dishes. fr0glet

OK, here's a question.. we've been using just tap water for Sorath and Stinker's humidity and water bowls..they have been ... water doesn't taste all that great...I mostly just drink it boiled as coffee or tea, or flavored with pink lemonade.

I drink city tap water (though Brita-filtered) and that's what all my snakes and lizards get too. My amphibians are notably more sensitive and thereby the drinking water is for them. I use drinking water in my misters so I don't have to think if its safe for my frogs and invertebrates or not, I can just mist everyone the same.
Never use distilled water for pets. It has had the essential minerals removed. In the case of amphibians and fish, distilled water will actually draw minerals out of the animal via osmosis. People kill bettas in bowls using distilled water all the time! I don't use springwater either, possibly TOO MUCH mineral/vitamin content. I use exclusively generic grocery-store brand drinking water for my amphibs.
fr0glet
I also found my tapwater was making it worse, I ... boiled as coffee or tea, or flavored with pink lemonade.

I drink city tap water (though Brita-filtered) and that's what all mysnakes and lizards get too. My amphibians are notably ... don't use springwater either,possibly TOO MUCH mineral/vitamin content. I use exclusively generic grocery-store brand drinking water for my amphibs. fr0glet

Yes fr0glet That is what I use even for watering my plants. Store bought bottled water. I bought this moss at Petco and took some local moss from the back yard. I have the florescent grow light to help the live moss stay alive as otherwise it soon turns brown and must be replaced constantly. The bottom of the tank is filled with(I forget the propper name) the brown stuff that comes in a brick that must be soaked in water to expand. All this was suggested my the Petco guy so all seems well but for the fungas(if that is the propper term). Looks almost like a spider web it is so thin and almost white like angel hair. If it would help I could take a photograph and post a link.
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Proctor
I have a Fowler's Toad that is very happy in ... Mildew or mold or some fungus growing on the Spagnum.

Are you sure that's long strand spagnum moss? It looks different from what I have purchased in the past. Spagnum is a high pH moss (I think) and is supposed to inhibit fungal growth.

Sphagnum is slightly acidic, so low pH.
So you're right, that should inhibit fungal growth. I never thought about that. Hmmm.
-Z
Yes fr0glet That is what I use even for watering my plants. Store bought bottled water. I bought this moss ... thin and almost white like angel hair. If it would help I could take a photograph and post a link.

It's a fungus. The little web-like strands are called hyphae and act much like roots do for vascular plants, seeking out nutrients and carrying them back to the plant.
Increased heat and/or decreased humidity should kill the fungus. Or you cound try switching to a full spectrum light. Plant lights work mostly in the visisble light ranges, without a lot of UV. Fungi often don't deal well with UV, so a full-spectrum light might kill it and still benefit the plants.
The toad also doesn't need that much humidity, so the simplest solution (drying out the tank some) might be the best. It just won't look as pretty.
-Z
Are you sure that's long strand spagnum moss? It looks ... moss (I think) and is supposed to inhibit fungal growth.

Sphagnum is slightly acidic, so low pH. So you're right, that should inhibit fungal growth. I never thought about that. Hmmm. -Z

I learned that from Snake Lady. Sorry, I always get my pH backwards. Emotion: smile

Proctor it sounds like if you switch to using real sphagnum it might clear up your problem, or at least give you more time before mildewing.

Real long-strand sphagnum moss is not sold at Petco or Wal-Mart. Check with farmer's supply places or garden supply, and don't buy peat.

fr0glet
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