As a hobby, I’ve been trying to “grow” crystals of from supersaturated solutions of aluminium potassium sulphate.
I noticed that my solutions are also rather successful at growing a type of fungus.
The fungus grows bigger and bigger in the saturated solution and leaves behind yellow spores as the salt solution evaporated (see photos).
I’ve always thought that salt is antifungal and anti bacterial, and I’m surprised to see that there is a fungus actually growing bigger in a supersaturated salt solution.
I have tried boiling and filtering (with tea mesh filter so the spores probably got through) the salt solution, but the fungus keeps coming back, so the spores survive boiling too, unless there are spores floating around my room.
Is there a way to identify what sort of fungus it is? What sort of fungus is it likely to be? Have I bred a type of super fungus? Is my life in danger by allowing this to grow?
I live in Sydney, Australia if that helps with identifying the fungus.