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I have some clear thread like/tinsel-y stuff on the highest point of my driftwood, and the java fern with planlets right next to it (green blur on the left)
Is this algae?
Tank is still cycling, its going through a mini cycle within the cycle (had ammonia at 0 and nitrite almost at 0 a few days ago)
Tank details:
size: "55" gallons actually 48
temp: 77
ammonia: 1
Nitrite: 0.25
Nitrate: 160
Fuana: n/a
Flora: 3 anubias nana, lot of half dead java fern with plantlets, 4 healthy java ferns, 1 marimo ball, hornwort (very little and very small)
Filter: sunsun cistern filter
light: marinaland double bright
Using pure ammonia method for cycling.

Wood was bought from ebay, seller said it was dead and underwater for 60+ years from a dam flooding an area. I soaked it for over 3 months before it went into the tank, still floats so have it weighed down.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-31-2013, 06:36 PM
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Looks like hair algae. I would treat it quickly before it spreads. Get some peroxide and a medicine syringe. Pull up 3 cc of peroxide and slowly squirt it over the algae. It should start to bubble in a few minutes. It will kill the algae. Just do one syringe full a day. It will not hurt your tank if you do no more than one 3 cc syringe full a day. I was given this advice by a member on another site and it worked like magic. Cured my moss of algae.
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Looks like hair algae. I would treat it quickly before it spreads. Get some peroxide and a medicine syringe. Pull up 3 cc of peroxide and slowly squirt it over the algae. It should start to bubble in a few minutes. It will kill the algae. Just do one syringe full a day. It will not hurt your tank if you do no more than one 3 cc syringe full a day. I was given this advice by a member on another site and it worked like magic. Cured my moss of algae.
Peroxide as in hydrogen peroxide? Or would hydrogen peroxide kill off the beneficial bacteria and plants?
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turn off your filters or water moving stuff, this way the peroxide will stay where you put it and be more effective.
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Yes, hydrogen peroxide that you buy in the wound treatment section of stores. As the previous posters said, turn off your filter for about 15 minutes. It will not hurt you BB or fish if you just do one syringe full a day. Usually it just takes one dose to kill off the algae. I have done two syringe fulls in one day in my 29 gallon tank with no problems though. By the next day you should see the algae turning brown or white. That means it is dying.
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This is a kind of mushroom. Happens often on driftwood, normally last 2-3 weeks than disappears, fish may eat it.

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Did a quick water change and tried to pull off some with a tooth brush dedicated to tank/driftwood cleaning, got a lot but not all of it that way.

Don't have fish in the tank to worry about yet since its still cycling
If the algae is white-ish clear now (no green color to it), does that mean its already dead or it will be a much more noticeably white after treatment?

I have a pet medication syringe (no needle) that can hold up to 1 ml at a time, I've been using it for the ammonia dosing for the tank but I can clean it out before/after use for peroxide dosing I guess (no other syringes around).
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Lol i have no idea? algae of some sort id pressure wash that stuff..
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-12-2013, 01:20 AM
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+1 to micheljq. New driftwood typically gets some fungus on it that clears up on its own.
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