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Help please is this Algae?
Old 02-28-2013, 01:57 PM   #1
 
Question Help please is this Algae?

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I have just noticed this growth on my piece of wood in the aquarium (see attached) i am sure it wasn't there last night, my tank is on its second week of cycling with no fish in the tank.

Thanks Graham
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:49 PM   #2
 
Hello,

What kind of wood is it?
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:59 PM   #3
 
Its Mopani, and i cleaned and soaked it for a few days until it was not changing the water colour before putting in the tank
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:01 PM   #4
 
might wanna takeit out of the tank... feel it, what does it feel like? stringy? smooth?
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:02 PM   #5
 
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:05 PM   #6
 
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It doesn't look like algae, so it is likely a fungus. Is it whitish in life (photos distort colours often)?

Some fungus are relatively harmless, some are highly toxic. Without a microscopic examination by a microbiologist it is impossible to say, unfortunately. I nearly killed a tank of fish with a toxic fungus that appeared on a piece of wood, and Mopani, Manzanita and grapewood are all contenders for this. Has the water become cloudy at all?

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Old 02-28-2013, 05:19 PM   #7
 
I would recommend taking the wood out, scrub that stuff off with a old toothbrush or something of that nature and giving it a good rinse. Place it back in the aquarium to see if it comes back. What do you think Byron?
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:28 PM   #8
 
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I would recommend taking the wood out, scrub that stuff off with a old toothbrush or something of that nature and giving it a good rinse. Place it back in the aquarium to see if it comes back. What do you think Byron?
Can't hurt.
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:33 PM   #9
 
Its a light brown colour, better safe than sorry, think it is worth taking it out before it gets to the plants, although they look clean.
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:34 PM   #10
 
Oh and water looks clear
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