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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-01-2013, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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Driftwood fungus

I have two pieces of new driftwood in my 30 gallon tank. Both have the typical white fungus looking stuff. Is there any way to get it to go away? I'm doing a fishless cycle and then will add shrimp, so I don't really have any fish that will eat it off. I have boiled each piece for a total of 2 hours (2x 1 hour sessions) with the hope of eradicating this plus making them sink.

Is there anything I can do to get rid of it?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-01-2013, 04:56 PM
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Driftwood fungus

It should go away on its on after a couple of weeks. I had the same thing and just left it alone after reading about it here in the forum.

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-01-2013, 06:47 PM
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you can take it out and rinse it off in hot water, or leave it.. either way seems to work
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-01-2013, 07:06 PM
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I had the same problem but mine went away in a week, but i had fish and shrimp so they may have eaten it. You can always loosen it up with a stick or something and suck it out when you do water changes.
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It goes away after a couple weeks. I would just let it be and not worry about it.
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I'm just finishing up my fishless cycle now.

When I planted the tank, I had a couple of hitchiking snails. wasn't sure they would make it through the high ammonia/nitrite levels initially, but they did.

Initially had a couple full-grown ramshorns, some other sort of tiny ramshorns (not just juveniles, the shell shape is different then juvenile ramshorns of the same type), and a few tiny pond snails.

About 2 weeks into the cycle, I had a microfauna boom - tons of copepods, lots of snails, some daphnia, free swimming nematodes, some planaria, a few insect larvae (mosquito, and possibly bloodworm?). more recently I've found hydra, and a leech.

Anyways, once I had more then a couple snails, they seemed to keep the driftwood clear of fungus, but I only had a couple smallish patches up until then.

So, If you want, I guess you could try snails
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i've had pretty good luck scraping it off with my fish net.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-02-2013, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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I took it out and sprayed it off with a hose, came off easy. I'll just keep doing that until it doesn't come back.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-03-2013, 04:49 AM
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From what I've heard, and from personal experience, that fungus doesn't seem to be terribly tenacious (or harmful), just a bit unsightly.

I can't remember where, but I've heard someone claim that the fungus only takes advantage of an early period, and after a while bacterial biofilms and stuff can outcompete the fungus.

Plus, all kindsa critters eat it, catfish, shrimp, snails, probably tons of other stuff as well.
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