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post #1 of 3 Old 07-02-2011, 02:34 AM Thread Starter
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white fungus on plant leaves?

Lately I have noticed some sort of white gelatianous stuff (fungus maybe?) growing mostly on the leaves, rocks and wood in my tank. It seems to be on most of the live plants, but it sort of favors the swords. The plants seem healthy otherwise...

Any ideas what this could be? My tank has been running for over a year, and all the parameters are stable. I tried decreasing the light cycle down an hour to see if that would change anything but it didn't really.. The aquarium lights are on for 7 hours a day.. sometimes 8 at the most.

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Lately I have noticed some sort of white gelatianous stuff (fungus maybe?) growing mostly on the leaves, rocks and wood in my tank. It seems to be on most of the live plants, but it sort of favors the swords. The plants seem healthy otherwise...

Any ideas what this could be? My tank has been running for over a year, and all the parameters are stable. I tried decreasing the light cycle down an hour to see if that would change anything but it didn't really.. The aquarium lights are on for 7 hours a day.. sometimes 8 at the most.

thanks in advance,

Gina
I've heard of that on wood, but not plants. Can you manually just take it off by putting the plants under running water, and using your fingers to take it off? It may come back of course, but may be worth a try. Do you have a Mystery snail? Mine ate that stuff up in no time, that's why I ask. I'm not sure what else to tell you. I've read different stuff on what your describing. Some say it's totally harmless, just ugly, but snails will eat it and others here on this forum have said it will kill fish and is harmful, but I didn't have that experience with it. Mine occurred when I put a piece of well boiled African wood in my tank. Best of luck!

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