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rrusli 02-25-2008 03:38 PM

I just got a pack of 6 hardy aponogeton bulbs and 2 lilly bulbs from wal mart, which told me to drop them in, so I did, and a day later half of them are growing this white fungus on them. Is it going to spread to the other bulbs? should I remove them or bury them or something? what do i do? I have a 10 gallon tank with normal aquarium gravel, a corner filter and a 25 W heater; is it something with the water?

herefishy 02-25-2008 08:08 PM

I, too, purchased some of these plants at Wal-Mart. I bought two packs and only had one Apondogen not perc. I would pull the bulbs, squeeze them. If they are soft or mushy they are not viable. I also buried mine, being careful not to cover the crown of the bulb.

rrusli 02-25-2008 10:00 PM

where is the crown on the bulb?

herefishy 02-25-2008 10:26 PM

Tapered end(smaller end) up. The fatter end should be down.

rrusli 02-26-2008 09:54 AM

what is the white stuff though?

herefishy 02-26-2008 12:59 PM

It is fungus. Which tells me that the bulbs may be rotting. Fungus will attack any organic matter, living or dead. The bulbs may still be viable, so don't just pull them and throw them away. Check by squeezing them, if they are soft and mushy, throw them away.

kevinoh33 02-26-2008 03:22 PM

how do you get rid of the fungus?

herefishy 02-26-2008 03:47 PM


kevinoh33 02-26-2008 06:22 PM

can you use aquarium salt?

JLSmith 10-13-2010 07:20 PM

Picture of Lily Bulb with Fungus
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I too recently purchased both Aponogeton and Dwarf Lily Bulbs from Wal-Mart. I had first placed the Aponogeton bulbs in and they were okay until I purchased Dwarf Lily Bulbs and placed one in the tank. Within maybe 2 or 3 days there was a white, round, fluffy-looking material attached to the Lily Bulb. The 2 Aponogeton bulbs I has placed in there had not sprouted at all. One of these two also began to develop the same white, fluffy-looking fungus. It is not as transparent or as much on this bulb either. The other Aponogeton Bulb never sprouted or grew this fungus. I have a Betta fish in the tank and have not seen him eat at this or anything. Sometimes he seems to hide behind the Lily Bulb and fungus facing away from these items. Please let me know if this is what it looked like on your bulbs.

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