Cotton turning black?

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ZantKeeper
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Cotton turning black?

Post: # 32304Post ZantKeeper
Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:58 pm

The cotton in my test tube is starting to go black or dark. Is this mold? It's just a queen with eggs right now so I don't know how I'd relocate her.

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Re: Cotton turning black?

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Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:07 pm

There are some microorganisms which will take residence in the non-sterile test tube environment. The cotton turning black is nothing to be concerned about.
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Re: Cotton turning black?

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Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:36 pm

Batspiderfish wrote:
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:07 pm
There are some microorganisms which will take residence in the non-sterile test tube environment. The cotton turning black is nothing to be concerned about.
What about when it turns purple?
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