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post #1 of 9 Old 05-25-2011, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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So after taking out two pieces of driftwood with fungus on them from my tank and buying two brand new sterilized Zoomed pieces of driftwood I come home today to find the two new pieces of driftwood have spots of filmy white fungus growing on them.

I am beyond furious. I just put in my order for my 6 female bettas too.

Is there anyway to save these pieces of driftwood?

If not I think I am just going to call it quits on the entire tank.
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post #2 of 9 Old 05-25-2011, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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The fact that the exact same type of fungus appeared both on these two pieces of wood as well as the previous pieces of wood is telling me that I probably have fungal spores somewhere within the tank. If this is the case then no matter how long I clean or boil the wood the fungus is probably going to reappear (the fungus also hadn't appeared when I had the wood soaking to remove tanins for at 3 days or so).

I am completely frustrated and upset at this point and don't really see the point of trying to salvage this tank.
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post #3 of 9 Old 05-25-2011, 10:29 PM
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Hey there, sorry to hear about your troubles. I do have a suggestion, although I am not sure if it will work. If you still have your infected driftwood, try soaking them in pure hydrogen peroxide for a day or two, and then soak them in water for a few days. See if that'll kill whatever fungus is on it. For the fungus in the tank, if you don't have anything live in it, I would drain it, take any filter media that has good bacteria on it, then dose hydrogen peroxide into the tank. Let it sit for a day or two, and then remove the water and do lots of water changes. It shouldn't be THAT bad if some hydrogen peroxide is left in the tank, as it will oxidize quickly if in contact with direct sun light *you know why those bottles are brown and non-transparent? Its to prevent oxidation!* and will quickly be broken down into hydrogen gas and water. Hopefully this helps and works!
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post #4 of 9 Old 05-26-2011, 12:43 AM
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certain types of fungus will grow on you drift wood, then eventually go away. i had the same issues with my first infected driftwood. i had boiled it for 8-9 hrs and cleaned it, sand papered it and still it grew. so i just left it and it disappeared.
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post #5 of 9 Old 05-26-2011, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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OK I have decided to try this:

I will scrub the two pieces of driftwood and then boil them. If the fungus reappears I will invest in a mystery snail and see if it will eat up the fungus. I will then buy one female betta from petsmart (as much as I hate supporting their treatment of bettas) to act as a "canary in the coal mine". If she doesn't die I will go ahead and assume the fungus is non toxic and will stock the tank. If she does well I'll just be back at square one.
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post #6 of 9 Old 05-27-2011, 06:48 AM
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the fungi will go away quit boiling it. just let nature take over algae will start to grow on it *if you turn your lights on* and will over take the fungi
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post #7 of 9 Old 05-28-2011, 10:32 AM
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I'm stepping in here with a caution. As we covered in another thread a couple of weeks ago that some of you may not have seen, there are many types of fungus on wood. Some is apparently harmless, but some is most definitely very toxic. Other plants can be affected, or fish. The risk is there.

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post #8 of 9 Old 05-28-2011, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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I'm stepping in here with a caution. As we covered in another thread a couple of weeks ago that some of you may not have seen, there are many types of fungus on wood. Some is apparently harmless, but some is most definitely very toxic. Other plants can be affected, or fish. The risk is there.
Yes I remember reading that thread, that's why I'm stepping forward with caution. I'm not just going to fully stock my tank and then hope for the best.
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