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shawnstve 03-19-2008 02:43 AM

film layer
Ok so, I am about to the end of my cycle for a 60 gallon aquarium. I have a heavily planted tank already (set up the plants 2 days ago, with a large piece of drift wood. I looked today at the tank and the drift wood is starting to get this milky white filmy layer all over the surface.... Did I do something wrong? is this normal? im thinking that it has to do with the plants I added. Although I bought them at a very nice, upscale aquarium botique, that I doubt would sell deseased plants or anything like that. Is there something I can do to get rid of that layer. is there a type of aquatic life that will eat the layer? or is there a type of chemical to add that will get rid of it? its also starting to form on the waters surface, but not too noticabily. Any suggestions?

herefishy 03-19-2008 03:44 AM

I have a piece of wood that continues to "bleed" some organic substance even after three yearsin the tank. When this happens, a fungus develops. I just take it out and clean it with a tooth brush and baking soda. I make sure the toothbrush isn't mine though. lol

shawnstve 03-19-2008 11:30 AM

hhhmmm... Well mine has only been in there for less than a week. Do you think the fungus has already started to grow? or do I have another problem. I have been searching online and a few people have posted that they get the film layer on the top (like I have). But no one talked about on the wood or anything. I could use a skimmer like a DIY skimmer to take it off the top but, the wood thing... I dont want to take out my wood every week to clean it you know? Will this substance hurt my fish?

fish_4_all 03-19-2008 11:38 AM

Pretty normal to happen with any driftwood. If you can, boiling it will kill a lot of things that can be in/on it. I don't think it is anyhting "nasty" per say though just might be a little nuisance for a while.

I had it form on the only driftwood I ever used in 2 days after putting it and that was after boiling it like 20 times to get it to sink. Went away in about a month.

okiemavis 03-19-2008 09:12 PM

I've also heard that grape wood and wood from other fruit trees can cause this problem permanently. Umm, I can't remember anything behind this, but I read it somewhere on fishforum!

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