Moldy Coco Chip

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Hi all, I'm currently using closed Chamber with Coco Chip as substrate, humidity 80%+ and sometime I mist it with water. Just realized some area of the enclosure, coco chip become molded . Is it dangerous? Should I replace all? Or just discard the molded Coco only ?

How to prevent this from happening or it's common and need to be replaced over and over again?

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I use coco chip and it has never molded. But it is in a skink's viv, and it's kept with low to moderate humidity.

Maybe you could try pushing the top layer aside and moisten the lower layers, then recover the damp layers with the dry. Maybe some of the moisture will wick up from the bottom layers, helping to dry the top so no swamp, and no mold.
 

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It happen in certain area. Let me try switch to exoterra Coco Chip. One or two times a week I give them Mazuri , or maybe because of that , some area of Coco Chip become molded?
 

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It happen in certain area. Let me try switch to exoterra Coco Chip. One or two times a week I give them Mazuri , or maybe because of that , some area of Coco Chip become molded?
The coco itself doesn't mold. If there is anything, like food residue, on the surface of it, that can mold. I'd remove the molded stuff.

I only feed Mazuri to them in their outside enclosures. Keeps things much neater inside.
 

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The coco itself doesn't mold. If there is anything, like food residue, on the surface of it, that can mold. I'd remove the molded stuff.

I only feed Mazuri to them in their outside enclosures. Keeps things much neater inside.
After more investigation , i noticed that the molded coco chip is found at inside the hiding cave, so maybe tortoise sit on mazuri while eating, after that they go to hiding and sleep there. so the mazuri's residue there become molded.

so thanks for the advice, better feed mazuri outside, then clean them, after that can put it inside enclosure again
 
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