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DJBriteLite 05-24-2010 12:23 AM

Bamboo problem white stuff like mold
i just came home and my bamboo plant has like white clear mold or something. i use api saltwater, think that had something to do with it?

mordalphus 05-24-2010 07:27 PM

Although bamboo is sold in aquarium stores as an aquatic plant... It needs to be outside of water to grow. You need to expose the growing end to air, or else it will slowly rot.

The white stuff on your bamboo is bacteria eating the rotting layers of bamboo.

If you can, clip or attach your bamboo so that the bottom half is in the water, and the top half emerging from the water. If you have fish in your tank, you don't need to fertilize it, bamboo is hearty and requires very little nutrients.

Hope that helps!

-- Liam

Byron 05-26-2010 02:15 PM

I concur with mordalphus. Only want to add a caution--keep a close ehe on the fish and water. Some types of this white fungus/bacteria on wood will poison the water (if it begins to get cloudy) and I have had fish suffer as a result. If this occurs, an immediate partial water change of 50+% is recommended, and removal of the plant obviously.

I don't know if this particular type of bacteria will do this, it is just a caution. I had this happen from a piece of mopani wood, and almost lost my corys. And I know of other aquarists likewise.


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