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Old 04-02-2011, 12:07 AM   #1
 
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Okay I have two pieces of drift wood in my tank. On one of them there is a white fuzzy hair like growth almost transparent like? I have cleaned it twice now and it does matter if the light is on or not. I ran the tank for 2 days without the light it still came back. could someone tell what this stuff is? I think I could maybe take a pic but dunno if it will show up or not. Its driving me nuts LoL
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Old 04-02-2011, 12:22 AM   #2
 
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I forgot what its called but its normal when you 1st introduce it to your tank. It wont harm your fish, i found my Pleco actually liking it. You can either clean it off next time you do a water change (in tank water) or just leave it. In a week it should be gone.
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Old 04-02-2011, 12:24 AM   #3
 
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I forgot what its called but its normal when you 1st introduce it to your tank. It wont harm your fish, i found my Pleco actually liking it. You can either clean it off next time you do a water change (in tank water) or just leave it. In a week it should be gone.
Okay thanks was wondering b/c one has it and the other doesn't LoL
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Old 04-02-2011, 12:30 AM   #4
 
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Yep, parts of my driftwood has this same growth for awhile when it was first put in the tank. And I had boiled the holy crap out of that wood in a lobster pot before I added it to the tank to kill any nasties that may have been on it. It will subside, eventually. I think mine took about two weeks before it cleared up.
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Old 04-02-2011, 12:33 AM   #5
 
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Yep, parts of my driftwood has this same growth for awhile when it was first put in the tank. And I had boiled the holy crap out of that wood in a lobster pot before I added it to the tank to kill any nasties that may have been on it. It will subside, eventually. I think mine took about two weeks before it cleared up.
LoL okay its just frustrating I keep cleaning and it keeps coming back LoL will leave it allow for awhile and see if it goes away thanks
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Old 04-02-2011, 12:41 AM   #6
 
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It does look a mess, and it will look worse before it leaves. I got impatient with mine and scrubbed it off (thats why it only lasted a week
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Old 04-02-2011, 08:37 AM   #7
 
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It does look a mess, and it will look worse before it leaves. I got impatient with mine and scrubbed it off (thats why it only lasted a week
will try that in a week and see if it will go away then but I know that wood has been in the tank for a week and half and it is still there and that's after scrapping it twice
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Old 04-02-2011, 09:42 AM   #8
 
try boiling it again see what happens. But be sure not to put it boiling hot in the tank.
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try boiling it again see what happens. But be sure not to put it boiling hot in the tank.
might try that next time gotta do a water change today and replant some of my cabomba ( didn't really plant them right oops) and I plan on scrapping it off one more time and if that doesn't do I might try boiling it again or burning the stupid thing and get another one LoL
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Old 04-03-2011, 02:27 PM   #10
 
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I would keep a very close eye on the fish. I know of fish deaths due to wood fungus.

The white fungus that appears on new Mopani wood (the two-tone wood) can harm fish. I had this occur in a 90g tank; a few days after adding a piece of this wood it developed the white growth (which is a fungus from the wood itself), the water got a bit cloudy, and I noticed the corys respirating much faster. I pulled the wood out, did a major water change (3/4 of the tank) and things returned to normal. I scrubbed the wood under very hot water with a brush and put it in a tank with no fish for several weeks. I had one small bit of this fungus, scraped that off, then no more. It is now in another tank and has been for a few months with no issues.

Co-incidentally, I happened to be in a local fish store and overheard another aquarist asking if this could have killed his corys, so I joined the conversation. He also had Mopani wood, saw the white fungus, left it, and several corys were dead within a couple days.

I've only heard of this occurring with Mopani wood.

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