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Will anything eat driftwood fungus?

I am wondering if there are any snails/ shrimp/ fish that will eat the fungus that grows on new driftwood?
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Driftwood Fungus

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I am wondering if there are any snails/ shrimp/ fish that will eat the fungus that grows on new driftwood?
Hello P...

I did two things that removed the fungus. I soaked my driftwood for a couple of days in a 5 gallon bucket my water change water. I always add a teaspoon of standard aquarium salt to every 5 gallons of my replacement water. The fungus doesn't seem to tolerate the dissolved salt very well.

I also have "Ramshorn" snails in all my tanks. They eat any fungus, algae and dead plant and animal material in the tank. They really thrive in slightly "Brackish" water. A bonus with this type of snail is, I've never had a problem with them damaging my healthy plants, they seem to only want to clean them of the algae.

Just a couple of ideas.

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I always wondered myself OP! Great question!
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Thanks for the replies! Looks like I have some good options. My tank is still cycling so I'm weary of putting anything in it...found a few snails in there tonight when doing maintenance. Little clear ones they are super tiny. Are these the guys that will take over a tank? And if so what eats them? Assassins? Bettas?
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Oh but my drift wood mostly sunk tonight! Enough so my hardscape looks almost as envisioned
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My yellow apple snail cleaned off a piece of driftwood about a foot long in a day or two. Before I added the snail the wood had tons of white fungus on it.
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I've heard that mollies eat it like crazy. Never seen it in person though.

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i had Panda Garra eat it a few months ago, I was pretty shocked.
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I had a tank full of amanos and cherrys, and none of them touched the fungus, but i added a bunch of ramshorns, and they cleared it up in a day

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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-26-2012, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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Cool I know my LFS has apple snails but I'm not sure about ramshorns. It seems like quite a lot of things will eat fungus. If only big aquatic mushrooms would grow from driftwood... That would be awesome!
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Ended up getting a gold apple snail...would have gotten more but I wanted to test the waters so to speak. Also saw a bumblebee goby take a ride on an apple at the LFS, pretty damn funny!
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