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Old 04-05-2011, 11:54 AM   #21
 
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Ok thanks Byron you had said earlier on in this thread that mopani wood fungus is harmful to fish and to keep an eye on it. How is it harmful to the fish? Is it from eating it or just being around it period? Is this something I just need to take out all together and try a different piece of wood?
The fungus that appeared on my piece of Mopani wood was poisonous to fish. They did not eat it; the water turned slightly cloudy and it affected their respiration. I've no idea how. But after scrubbing it thoroughly, and leaving it for about 2+ months in a tank of water (no fish), I saw no further fungus so I decided to put it back. It seems OK now, after maybe 4 months, with fish in the tank.
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Old 04-05-2011, 12:09 PM   #22
 
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The fungus that appeared on my piece of Mopani wood was poisonous to fish. They did not eat it; the water turned slightly cloudy and it affected their respiration. I've no idea how. But after scrubbing it thoroughly, and leaving it for about 2+ months in a tank of water (no fish), I saw no further fungus so I decided to put it back. It seems OK now, after maybe 4 months, with fish in the tank.
Okay thanks again don't want to endanger my fish Soo I will take it and scrub it again am maybe put it in some water and let it soak for along time in something that doesn't have fish I like the way it looks but not enough to kill my fish I appreciate the help Byron!
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Old 04-06-2011, 07:45 PM   #23
 
I recently bought some Mopani wood for my tank -- first one since I was a kid -- and boiled it hard for 2 hours with about 5 water changes. The water would turn dark brown within 60 seconds due to tannins pouring out of the wood. Not knowing how long this would go on, I tried baking it for 2 hours at 300 F. I let it cool a bit, dumped it in a bucket of tap water overnight and found the water had barely changed color.

It's been in the tank for almost a week now with no water discoloration and no white growth at all. Even if it's just luck on eliminating the white growth, there's something to it for stopping the tannin leaching. Wouldn't hurt to try.
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Old 04-06-2011, 09:34 PM   #24
 
I am getting drift wood tomorrow so lets hope for the best. Is mopani woos a light tan with a lot of scraggly branches? And jsut an update Byron I am getting ADA and doing a DIY Co2. Are bubble counters necessary or can i just put a air stone at the end of the air linetubing Thanks for the help.
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Old 04-06-2011, 10:13 PM   #25
 
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I recently bought some Mopani wood for my tank -- first one since I was a kid -- and boiled it hard for 2 hours with about 5 water changes. The water would turn dark brown within 60 seconds due to tannins pouring out of the wood. Not knowing how long this would go on, I tried baking it for 2 hours at 300 F. I let it cool a bit, dumped it in a bucket of tap water overnight and found the water had barely changed color.

It's been in the tank for almost a week now with no water discoloration and no white growth at all. Even if it's just luck on eliminating the white growth, there's something to it for stopping the tannin leaching. Wouldn't hurt to try.
Hmmmm might give the baking a try. I don't have any color in my tank from tannin I soak the wood for a week before I put it in my tank and then ran my carbon pad for a day and that got rid of the tannin color just got a problem with the white stuff. But thanks for the tip might try it out.
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:23 AM   #26
 
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:12 PM   #27
 
I know it has been a while since this thread was posted but I wanted to say thanks for the info. I bought some mopani driftwood the other day and put it in my tank without even thinking (very unlike me, I normally research everything). I read this thread and was thinking that I was an idiot but at least I didn't have the white fuzz. Sure enough I woke up the next day and there it was. Unfortunately I had to go home to visit the parents for the weekend so the wood is just sitting in my room. But Man was I glad that I read this thread. Thanks again
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