04-15-2012, 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by CatSoup
I see. Is there a way to treat the driftwood for the fungus outside of the tank? I'm wondering if some aquarium fungus treatments would do the trick.
No. This fungus comes from the wood itself. When i had it, I saw something was wrong and removed the wood, gave it a very good scrubbing in boiling water, then placed it in a tank with no fish. For about 3 months it looked fine, so I decided to use it in my fish tank, a different tank it so happens. A few weeks later I saw fish were dying fairly rapidly, and spotted some fungus on the back side of the wood. Out it came and into the garden.
I took this issue to a friend who is a microbiologist, and she said not to risk the fish, as there is no way of removing this unless one knows exactly what species, and even then, it may not be treatable.
I consider the $35 I spent on the wood as the price to learn a lesson.