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bradley22 10-13-2007 08:02 PM

Driftwood is growing like a black-like moss all over it
 
Hi Guys,

I have had tanks now for over 1 year and i have always had driftwood as i keep catfish and i have recently noticed on one of my pieces of driftwood with a plant on it growing like a black-fur like moss all over it, is this a good thing if not how can i remove it off the the wood safely and is it a danger to any fish and are there fish you can buy to eat it?


Kind regards bradley

GregV 10-13-2007 08:09 PM

is it a deep green and is hair like? if so its probably java moss, which, imho shouldnt be removed as it is helpful to your fish!

try typing java moss into google and seeing if they are the same thing.

bradley22 10-13-2007 10:58 PM

I did a google on java moss and it isn't that green, i guess then its more black colour than dark green but it is hairlike, does that make any difference?

Gump 10-13-2007 11:10 PM

Sounds like black brush algae. All my tanks have it and its crazy strong algae. Ive tried a lot of things to remove it.

http://www.otocinclus.com/articles/algae.html

bradley22 10-14-2007 02:06 AM

thats the one!!!!! Is it a bad thing to have in a tank? will it affect my parameters or fish?

Lupin 10-14-2007 02:19 AM

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Originally Posted by bradley22
thats the one!!!!! Is it a bad thing to have in a tank? will it affect my parameters or fish?

Nope. However, it is annoying as it quickly develops.:roll:
http://www.otocinclus.com/articles/g...blackbrush.jpg

Gump 10-14-2007 02:24 PM

Yeah like Lupin said it wont affect your water but will look ugly and be almost impossible to remove. Looks like i need to pick up some monster sized SAE.

GregV 10-14-2007 05:06 PM

Yeah i read somewhere that SAE, and CAE will eat the stuff, maybe even ottos?

Lupin 10-14-2007 05:37 PM

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Originally Posted by GregV
Yeah i read somewhere that SAE, and CAE will eat the stuff, maybe even ottos?

I don't think otos do. SAEs however will but you need a group of 5-6 inches SAEs to make this work.

Gump 10-14-2007 09:41 PM

CAE and ottos dont. I have 2 large CAE and 8 ottos neither touch the stuff.


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