I set up my new tank over the past few days. Soil topped with play sand. 29G tall, rather than long (it was 50$ cheaper). Anyways, back to the point. This is my first time using driftwood. I soaked it in hot water for a few hours (I was unsure about boiling it). When I did this it oozed something. IT was suggested it might be sap.
Well, I put it in the tank Saturday night, about noon today when I got a good look at my tank, I saw it looked... fuzzy. The drift wood has a slimy substance covering it. For the most part it won't wipe off, and it is VERY slimy to the touch. It looks kinda whitish, but mostly opaque.
I have no idea if this is normal, or some sort of bacteria. The inhabitants of the tank so far are about 20 baby trumpets and several plants. This is my attempt at a NPT. I Realize I need more plants, but due to money, I will be adding a few a week until I get it sufficiently stocked.
I tested the water last night, 0 ammonia, nitrite and nitrate, ph of about 7.5. Will be retesting tomorrow, was warned about possible ammonia spikes from the soil, but so far that doesn't seem to be an issue. I'm leary about adding any fish until I figure out what this slime is. I'd hate to add some fish only to have whatever this is attack them.
Ok, enough rambling, here are a few pictures, including the tank as it looks, and a close up of the slime.
Plants are mostly cabomba, 2 swords, a few crypts, and some tall stemmed plants I'm not quite sure of.