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Silverfang 06-18-2012 10:20 PM

New tank, new driftwood... and slime?
I set up my new tank over the past few days. Soil topped with play sand. 29G tall, rather than long (it was 50$ cheaper). Anyways, back to the point. This is my first time using driftwood. I soaked it in hot water for a few hours (I was unsure about boiling it). When I did this it oozed something. IT was suggested it might be sap.

Well, I put it in the tank Saturday night, about noon today when I got a good look at my tank, I saw it looked... fuzzy. The drift wood has a slimy substance covering it. For the most part it won't wipe off, and it is VERY slimy to the touch. It looks kinda whitish, but mostly opaque.

I have no idea if this is normal, or some sort of bacteria. The inhabitants of the tank so far are about 20 baby trumpets and several plants. This is my attempt at a NPT. I Realize I need more plants, but due to money, I will be adding a few a week until I get it sufficiently stocked.

I tested the water last night, 0 ammonia, nitrite and nitrate, ph of about 7.5. Will be retesting tomorrow, was warned about possible ammonia spikes from the soil, but so far that doesn't seem to be an issue. I'm leary about adding any fish until I figure out what this slime is. I'd hate to add some fish only to have whatever this is attack them.

Ok, enough rambling, here are a few pictures, including the tank as it looks, and a close up of the slime.
Plants are mostly cabomba, 2 swords, a few crypts, and some tall stemmed plants I'm not quite sure of.

Varkolak 06-18-2012 10:27 PM

Very normal and bristle nose plecos eat it, one of those facts of life about aquarium driftwood - they get fuzzy for awhile but eventually it will go away. I don't like mine so considering a second pleco just to wipe it out

not sure about the oozing when you soaked it, that's not a good sign but from what i see its normal fuzz

Silverfang 06-18-2012 10:42 PM

I was planning on a BN anyways, just thought it was better to wait for the tank to mature before I got one. I haven't seen a trumpet near it, however they could hide in the slime.
I have a trio of apples, I could add one and see if they will bite.
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Tikibirds 06-18-2012 11:11 PM

I think thats the same stuff I would find covering my decor when I lived in alaska. I didnt really have live plants though..had one or two swords and everthing else was silk. Other then being slimy it did no damage to the bettas

eug 06-19-2012 02:15 AM

I have some new bogwood that does the same thing, oozing this translucent goo which is unsightly and also seems to smell quite bad. It's either a fungus or a bacterial bloom based on what I've read but does no harm to fish and apparently goes away at some point. I've been periodically taking the wood out and scrubbing it with a toothbrush...

Varkolak 06-19-2012 04:31 AM

My honey gourami actually take big bites out of it when they are grazing my tank but i haven't seen any snails take any interest in it yet, best bet if you want to knock it out is put your BN in once you feel its cycled well enough, planted tanks don't really have many issues with nitrogen booms because the plants soak up most of the ammonia before they get to harmful levels

Olympia 06-19-2012 06:07 AM

Depending on what it is, a lot of people think it filters water much like a plant would. It will go away soon, no danger here..
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Silverfang 06-19-2012 06:21 AM

The tank itself won't actually do a normal cycle, to many live plants. So I'm wondering if it's safe to add the pleco now, and the girl in a few days. I plan to have this as a betta sorority.

Varkolak 06-19-2012 08:24 AM

I don't see why not, plecos are pretty tough and with all that fuzz it wont starve

eug 06-19-2012 08:27 AM

I would just keep an eye on it as I'm doing with my piece of wood. Byron's posted reports in the past about how the fungus clouded the water, probably due to huge amounts of spores, causing stress to his fish nearly killing them, and he also mentioned talking to a fellow aquarist who had the same thing happen, except in his case he lost all of his corydoras. My tank is fishless at the moment so I'm just going to watch and see if the fungus remains, starts growing like mad, or if it seems to get out-competed by bacteria/algae etc and dies out.

edit: oh and I'll add that I only just rinsed the wood in boiling water before putting it the tank. I've read conflicting information about whether boiling/baking the wood helps at all. Some believe it kills the bacteria/algae that would otherwise provide competition for the algae helping the fungus thrive, making it a totally unproductive exercise. I figure the boiling/baking also kills the fungus that's presently on the wood itself, great - but there are probably plenty of fungus spores floating around your tank that will happily re-attach itself to the freshly sterilized wood. I'm no biologist so take all this with a grain of salt, just making some educated guesses... So anyway my point was, I'm basically leaving the fungus as it is unless the situation goes out of control and it starts spreading to other parts of the tank, and hope that other organisms will outcompete and starve the fungus eventually. If that doesn't happen, I guess I'll have to get rid of the wood.

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