02-10-2008, 04:50 PM
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In short, you are not supposed to use wood or vines of fruit-bearing trees as they have the tendency to produce molds which are messy and unsightly. Switch to mopani or any other suitable wood.
Originally Posted by satwood
So, I'd like to reprise this thread if I could. I just also added a big hunk of grapewood to my 20 gal long tank. It almost immediately fuzzed up. I prepared it by pouring boiling water over it and letting it sit all night in a tub. I did NOT boil it because I feared I would have made it split. The wood was dry when I bought it and sold for terrarium and aquarium use at the store.
The fuzz or fungus has been off and on now for about 2 weeks and does not seem yet to be going away. Does anyone know what it actually is? Should I be worried about it?
My water is about ph7.4 and my amonia, nitrate and nitire numbers are all 0 - minimal. The tank has been up and alive since last September.
So - my grapewood problem never got better and finally removed it. I have concluded that you can't always go by labels on stuff you by in a petstore. Their bottom line is selling stuff. You can find your best advice on forums like this. An expensive lesson.