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New tank, new driftwood... and slime?
Old 06-19-2012, 08:52 AM   #11
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I'll attach a pic of the slime/fuzz that's on my wood:
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:21 PM   #12
 
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That's the same stuff alrighty. It's just VERY abundant.

Checked at the LFS, no bristlenoses available, but should be getting in some later this week.

At least they had some cherries (my other tank) and some new plants.
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:02 PM   #13
 
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:12 PM   #14
 
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Why was that person dosing ammonia with live fish in there? -some people-
Of course fungi loves to feed off rot, ammonia is rot, had a huge problem with this. Threw in some Pimafix and problem was solved without affecting the cycle. Never once had mould from my Malaysian driftwood, and I'm very liberal with how I treat my tank and stuff that goes in it.
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:44 PM   #15
 
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I had a piece of grapewood in my tank that did this.
I took it out and boiled it for about 8 hours all told in my turkey fryer and put it back in the tank.
It did it again, and the water got VERY cloudy.
I managed to save my betta, but my bristlenose pleco did not survive.
By their symptoms it seems that they got Nitrite poisoning, possibly from decomposition of the very soft wood.
But that is an amateur diagnosis, it quite possibly was caused by the fungus emitting some toxin into the water.
I wouldn't leave anything that grew that gelatine looking goo in my tank.
Just my 2 cents.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:48 PM   #16
 
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The big question is... is this ugly but normal, or toxic?
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:24 PM   #17
 
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Generally dark wood is best.
Grape wood is one of the worst for moulds- it's really meant for reptile terrariums, not fish tanks.
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:53 PM   #18
 
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Its ugly but normal, its toxic when you try to boil it and break down the fuzz, I ended up just saying screw it and got a second BN to deal with mine
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:43 PM   #19
 
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So I took it out last night, washed it down with scalding water, got out paper towels and an old toothbrush I had designated for scrubbing fish decor, and attacked it. IT felt like mucus, it was really gross.

I cleaned it off as best as I could before I put it back in the tank (for the record the wood is as bouyant as ever). I checked earlier this evening and I felt small patches of slime. I'm figuring by the time I get home tomorrow I'll know if it will turn into a full out slime bloom again or not.

I'll go do a round of water tests and report the results shortly. Temp is about 78-79
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:09 PM   #20
 
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sorry about the double post, passed the 20 minute edit window...

ok, ammonia, nitrite/trate all 0, ph between 7.0 and 7.5, really should have run this earlier in the day for natural light.

Checked GH and KH as well, for Gh, it was 3 drops, which if I read correctly is 60mg/L and for Kh it was 4 drops, which I really am not sure how to translate, silly me, chem was ages ago. Either way soft soft soft it the word.
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