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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?
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
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?
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.
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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