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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:04 pm 
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I recently got some really chunky rotting roots from an old Birch tree when helping dig a path in my brothers garden. I placed them in boiling water for a couple of hours before putting them in with my ghanan banded millis and they love them.

The only problem is that there is now some white and green mould or fungus growing on one of the larger pieces and I don't know if it's safe for them. I keep them at around 90% humidity and they are breeding nicely and I don't normally get any problems with mould or fungus as I have a very healthy colony of woodlice and springtails that do a great job but they don't seem to be getting rid of it
it would be a shame to take out the rotting roots as every time I lift it up I find babies happily munching away but I don't want to risk poisoning my millis

I could probably stop the mould by increasing ventilation but then it would be difficult to keep the humidity high enough which is an important factor with this species.

does anybody know if there are any types of mould or fungus that are harmful to and if what should I look out for?

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:41 pm 
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I wouldn't worry, if they are happily munching it then just let them get on with it.

I don't personally know of any toxic fungi that grow on birch wood.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:49 pm 
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I wouldn't expect it to be anything to worry about. Do you have a photograph of it?


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I will be honest i always find they seem to much the moulds and fungus from the rotting logs first and i always presumed they preferred it this way?


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:05 am 
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is it like a flat fungus growing over it or a white bracket fungus growing out of it as it could be a birch polypore fungus , if so nothing to worry about

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:38 pm 
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thanks guys, it was flat white fungus but they seem too have eaten it now so nothing to worry about in the end, counted 6 babies on the surface this morning so they must be pretty happy and the Birch roots are about 3 inches thick so should sustain them for a long time I hope, it's amazing how quickly these guys get through the bugstrate!

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