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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-01-2012, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
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Slime on wood

What is the clear thick slime that grows on some types of wood and how do I get rid of it?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-01-2012, 02:42 AM
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It's a pretty standard thing for new setups or new wood and is harmless. It will either go away on its own or get eaten by shrimp and snails pretty quickly.

Usually only lasts a few weeks.

You can scrape it off but it's sometimes tough to deal with.
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Will boiling it prevent it from forming?
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Will boiling it prevent it from forming?
Not in my experience. Most common on Mopani wood.
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Not in my experience. Most common on Mopani wood.
I want to tie moss to my wood branches but I am afraid the slime will take over the moss.
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Amano shrimp eat it quickly and eagerly!
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It won't take over the moss. It lasts a short period of time.

Take a look at some of my journals in my signature. Almost all of them involve me super gluing moss to wood before submerging it. No problems.

Attaching moss actually seems to limit the stuff that grows on the wood, giving it less room to grow.
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If you are still doing a fishless cycle and it will be a while before adding livestock I would scrape it off, more or less, until you are ready to add livestock. It can get to be a bit much when there is nothing grazing it down.

It is a fungus, I think.
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