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post #21 of 25 Old 06-21-2012, 03:36 AM
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I just wanted to add that my malaysian trumpet snails seem to occasionally stick their noses in the stuff - not sure if they're actually eating much of it or if it's harming them in any way.
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post #22 of 25 Old 06-21-2012, 03:56 AM
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Some further reading tells me the fungus is likely a Saprolegnia and is a decomposer in the aquarium, in partnership with bacteria. The author here is also of the opinion that the bacterial colonies, once established, outcompete the fungus and eventually hold it at bay:
Fungi and water molds (and slime molds too) | The Skeptical Aquarist
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post #23 of 25 Old 06-21-2012, 06:03 AM
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lol i had a half inch thick fuzz on a part of my drift wood and today its GONE not a single speck in the entire tank so either that new pleco is extremely thorough or like the poster above said once the bacteria balanced out it disappears, either way I'm happy because now my tank looks beautiful

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post #24 of 25 Old 06-21-2012, 10:48 AM
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Comments on fungus. There are many, perhaps hundreds if not thousands, of species of fungus on the planet, and many occur in an aquatic environment. Some are relatively harmless to other life, but many are highly toxic. Without knowing the exact species of fungus, which would take microscopic analysis by a microbiologist, it is impossible to determine toxicity.

Fungus that oozes out of wood may be highly toxic. Grapewood (someone mentioned this earlier) has frequently killed off entire tanks of fish. This wood should be avoided. Mopani wood and Manzanita wood, the blond-coloured or two-toned types, have also been known to contain highly toxic fungi.

I personally would not leave any wood in the tank once it showed white fungus. I lost fish to this myself, and have known of other aquarists having the same problem. If you value your fish, do not risk it.

Last comment on that article; it is very informative respecting fungus, but gives no indication of toxicity. Which isn't surprising, since it requires identification of the specific fungus species to determine this.


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post #25 of 25 Old 06-21-2012, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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I have no idea what kind of wood this is. And the slime isn't white, it's... well it's like snot. It's kinda milky. I guess I'll take it out until I can find something that doesn't act so controversial
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