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Discuss water requirements, "soil" (growing media) and suitable planting containers

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By OhGreatOne
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#359115
My sphagnum moss has grown a thin layer of slime I believe to be algae. What is the best way to go about removing it? I have read to use less water but I obviously don't want to dehydrate my plant. Any suggestions would be helpful. thanks!
By Apollyon
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#359120
Well if you let the top layer dry out, the algae will go away. I've also heard of people picking it out and replacing it. Something creative I read was a guy who cut a piece of cardboard or other material(possibly plastic, which would be safer overall) with a hole in the center for the plant and kept it covered until the algae died off. He didn't have to actually mess with the media at all. I thought about doing that with my flytraps but I ended up throwing them outside.
By Apollyon
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It was essentially a disc with a hole in the middle as well as a cut to the edge to be able to slide the plant through to the center. If that makes sense.
By mcgrumpers
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#359123
Top dress with live sphagnum or coarse inorganic substrate (such as coarse sand or pumice).
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By OhGreatOne
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Thanks for the help everyone! I'm going to let the top layer dry out a bit and then cover it with sand or live sphagnum.

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