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Oxon Fish 02-28-2013 12:57 PM

Help please is this Algae?
 
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Hi
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

OSagent23 02-28-2013 03:49 PM

Hello,

What kind of wood is it?

Oxon Fish 02-28-2013 03:59 PM

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

Assault0137 02-28-2013 04:01 PM

might wanna takeit out of the tank... feel it, what does it feel like? stringy? smooth?

Oxon Fish 02-28-2013 04:02 PM

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Image of it in tank

Byron 02-28-2013 04:05 PM

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?

Byron.

OSagent23 02-28-2013 04:19 PM

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?

Byron 02-28-2013 04:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by OSagent23 (Post 1449152)
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.

Oxon Fish 02-28-2013 04:33 PM

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.

Oxon Fish 02-28-2013 04:34 PM

Oh and water looks clear


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