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post #1 of 18 Old 05-15-2011, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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So I added some wood to my ten gallon and the fish are okay but there is a weird mist like fungus covering the wood every where except the branches near the flame moss. how do I get rid of this forever ever ever ever...: evil:

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post #2 of 18 Old 05-15-2011, 09:40 PM
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In situations such as these its best to take the wood out and not use it in an aquarium. Fungus spores can be embedded in the wood and will only grow into a visible fungus when conditions allow for it. There is no quick fix treatment for such a thing. Is this a piece of wood bought from a pet store, intended for aquarium use? If so, I would call the store and ask them to refund your money, and tell them why. They should be able to contact the manufacturer that provides them with wood for a refund on their end.

If this is a piece of wood picked up from outdoors in a "wild" habitat somewhere (like on a beach) then this is to be expected. Wood picked up from outside and added to an aquarium is a bad idea. Fungus, bacteria, parasites, etc. should all be expected to inhabit wood from outside. The treatments that manufacturers put the wood through before selling it as aquarium safe is too expensive for a DIY project. That is why it tends to cost so much to buy aquarium safe pieces of wood... but its worth the expense to protect your tank.

My best advice to you is to get it out of there before it can cause harm to your tank and animals.

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post #3 of 18 Old 05-16-2011, 11:17 AM
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I second Dawn's advice. I had fungus appear on a new piece of Mopani wood and the fish displayed signs of difficulty respirating; removing the wood and performing a major water change undoubtedly saved them. The corys particularly were affected. Another aquarist had the corys die from this.

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post #4 of 18 Old 05-16-2011, 01:06 PM
i always get patches of white fungus on my wood when i add it, my fish pick at it and then it just goes away...

I have read in other places that this white stuff is normal?
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post #5 of 18 Old 05-16-2011, 01:12 PM
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Fungus on wood is not normal if it is wood that has been store bought as aquarium safe, but it can happen. There are a great many species of fungus that can show up on wood, in an aquarium, etc. Some of them may not affect the fish negatively, but the majority will cause some major issues if left alone long term. Fish eating fungus that shows up growing on wood is not something I would call safe or healthy, as you have no way to properly ID the fungus. Fish are a lot like children with putting things into their mouths... just because they eat it, pick at it, etc. doesn't mean they know any better and its safe. Not a good habit to get into and not something to suggest is ok for others.

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post #6 of 18 Old 05-16-2011, 01:14 PM
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i had a light grey fungus on my wood but my pond snails went wild for it and cleaned it up pretty quickly
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post #7 of 18 Old 05-16-2011, 02:53 PM
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I had the same issue with Mopani. I had boiled it for a few hours prior to putting it in my tank. After a week or so it developed that slimy puffy fungus. I scrubbed it all off, added it back to to the tank and a week later, same thing.

It is now sitting in my fish supply closet. Maybe I'll add it to the garden??

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post #8 of 18 Old 05-16-2011, 03:45 PM
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So I added some wood to my ten gallon and the fish are okay but there is a weird mist like fungus covering the wood every where except the branches near the flame moss. how do I get rid of this forever ever ever ever...: evil:

Can you get a picture? I had something grow on a ornament that looked just like a puffy white cloud. I asked about it and was told it is just normal "biofilm" (I believe). I have seen something very similar in a few peoples pictures it might help rule out a fungus vs algae.
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post #9 of 18 Old 05-16-2011, 05:38 PM
I read somewhere that the white stuff is normal, i always get it from new wood regardless of if it was from a store. My snails love it too, sometimes i get fungus on my substrate if i forget to siphon old food out and all my snails go wild for it... Ive also never had a fungal infection on my fish.
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post #10 of 18 Old 05-16-2011, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
it is a diy rose wood thing... boiled it for a long time... lie around 10 hours... should I bake it and I will try to post that picture... it is a white cloud thing that also looks lke fog

38 gallon :
Pelvicachromis Taeniatus Nigerian Red not yet breeding pair
4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




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ADA: Do!aqua Iwagumi 10 gallon size!
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