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CatSoup 04-15-2012 10:23 AM

Questions: Jumping otocat and fuzzy driftwood..
 
One of my otocats went missing for a few days, which is normal for him, but I ended up finding him all dried up on the floor behind the tank. The back of the cover has openings for filters and heaters and such, but I don't see how he did it. Is this common for them??

Also, I have some of this driftwood Freshwater Aquarium Decorations: Mopani Driftwood, Swahala Driftwood, and it's covered in white fuzz. I've googled quite a bit. Some said to boil it, and others said it would go away, and one even said the otocats would eat it, which I have not seen to be true. I took it out and boiled it for hours, but the stuff came back. Is it safe for my fish?

CatSoup 04-15-2012 11:04 AM

Surly one of you fish-pros will have some answers for me. :)

Byron 04-15-2012 01:15 PM

I would not risk the Mopani wood if fungus (the white fuzz is fungus) is appearing. I lost some fish to a toxic white fungus on this wood. It is impossible without scientific examination of the fungus to ascertain the species (there are many) and this is the only way to know if it is or is not toxic. So i wold just toss the wood rather than risk the fish. I use Malaysian Driftwood in all my tanks and have never had issues with this over many years.

On the oto, many fish will jump, especially during darkness if they get suddenly startled by something. Otos, like corys, have to breach the surface for air regularly, and for the same reason as corys, so having the tank well covered is wise. If the openings around filters, heaters, etc. are just sufficient to fit the equipment they will usually work well.

Byron.

CatSoup 04-15-2012 01:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Byron (Post 1047946)
I would not risk the Mopani wood if fungus (the white fuzz is fungus) is appearing. I lost some fish to a toxic white fungus on this wood. It is impossible without scientific examination of the fungus to ascertain the species (there are many) and this is the only way to know if it is or is not toxic. So i wold just toss the wood rather than risk the fish. I use Malaysian Driftwood in all my tanks and have never had issues with this over many years.

On the oto, many fish will jump, especially during darkness if they get suddenly startled by something. Otos, like corys, have to breach the surface for air regularly, and for the same reason as corys, so having the tank well covered is wise. If the openings around filters, heaters, etc. are just sufficient to fit the equipment they will usually work well.

Byron.


I see. Is there a way to treat the driftwood for the fungus outside of the tank? I'm wondering if some aquarium fungus treatments would do the trick.

Byron 04-15-2012 02:04 PM

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Originally Posted by CatSoup (Post 1047971)
I see. Is there a way to treat the driftwood for the fungus outside of the tank? I'm wondering if some aquarium fungus treatments would do the trick.

No. This fungus comes from the wood itself. When i had it, I saw something was wrong and removed the wood, gave it a very good scrubbing in boiling water, then placed it in a tank with no fish. For about 3 months it looked fine, so I decided to use it in my fish tank, a different tank it so happens. A few weeks later I saw fish were dying fairly rapidly, and spotted some fungus on the back side of the wood. Out it came and into the garden.

I took this issue to a friend who is a microbiologist, and she said not to risk the fish, as there is no way of removing this unless one knows exactly what species, and even then, it may not be treatable.

I consider the $35 I spent on the wood as the price to learn a lesson.


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