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Old 04-04-2013, 02:17 AM   #1
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Driftwood Noobie Question


I have a 75 gallon tank with currently only Pothos plants in it. Still learning planted tank in a 10 gallon first before moving completely over to the 75 gallon. However i brought two pieces of driftwood and placed them inside my 75 gallon. I am currently getting this white-ish-grey cotton look alike stuff around the drift wood.

Is this normal? What could this be? How do i prevent this? Any helps is much appreciated. Thanks!

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Old 04-04-2013, 02:22 AM   #2
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its normal. You can scrub it with a toothbrush and then the filter will pick it up. It will go away after a few weeks or so anyway.
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:28 AM   #3
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I have nearly the same stuff on my lace rock.

I was told it is a fungus, and it harmless.
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:29 AM   #4
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Thanks for the reply. That give me a little bit of breathing room

Do you know what it is? Or what is causing it?
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:44 AM   #5
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I call it snot. My manzanita branches 'snotted' for about two months before I put them in my tank. I had them soaking in a five gallon bucket of tank water that I would change out every week at water change time. At first I had them in a bucket of tap water but they didn't snot in there so make sure you use tank water if you pre-soak your wood.

I read that it is actually some kind of bacteria leeching out of the wood and it isn't supposed to be harmful to anything. If there is any left on my wood now, the oto's take care of it.
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I read that it is actually some kind of bacteria leeching out of the wood and it isn't supposed to be harmful to anything. If there is any left on my wood now, the oto's take care of it.

Thanks for replies guys. Guess i just have to keep cleaning at it. Will get a few Otos to help take care of it.

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Old 04-04-2013, 09:04 PM   #7
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Let me know how the Otos work out for you, I have the same thing on my drift wood and I only have 3 cherry shrimps and they dont't touch it.

I was hoping they would go to town on it. Sadly they did not.
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I read someplace (not sure where, may have been something Walstad wrote, not certain...) that the whitish fuzz is a fungus, and after the tank gets established, bacteria out compete the fungus, which is why it's typically only seen in the beginning of a set up.

The snails in my tank seemed to keep it under control when I was cycling my tank- I only had a couple small patches in the beginning, and they didn't last even a week.

But then, I'm one of the few people who not only doesn't mind snails, but actually likes them.
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Default Fuzzy Driftwood

When I put in a manzanita stump that had been sandblasted and soaked for a couple of weeks it didn't take long for the fuzzy stuff to start growing with a passion. I put some little otto's in there and they thought they'd died and gone to heaven. They rarely left the stump. I also put in some nerite snails and this will surprise you, maybe, guppies and a white pair of mollies. They are great tank cleaners for that stuff and for algae. They ate all the algae and started attacking my moss, after I tied it to the stump. After that the mollies had to go. I fed them blanched zucchini but they loved my flame moss. I keep the mollies in the guppy tank until I need a quick clean up again, they're great cleaners!
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I am not sure about invertebrates as i have never kept them before (have only had mollies, Bettas,tetras and Otos). I don't mind the snails at all, but i just don't know enough about them to keep them as pets yet.. don't want them to die on the first couple of days in the tank.

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It's good that you don't mind snails, since you will probably get them at some point, whether you want them or not.

Most of them you don't really need to do anything, you'll get some tiny ones or some eggs in with a batch of plants, and they will establish a population and crawl around eating algae, biofilm, uneaten food, etc. They're pretty tough, and can live fairly well in some horrid water conditions.
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Were your snails okay while the tank was cycling? I was thinking of getting a snail but my pH is about 8, have not researched it yet?
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Were your snails okay while the tank was cycling? I was thinking of getting a snail but my pH is about 8, have not researched it yet?

I set up my tank, planted it, and started the cycle all in the same night (it took quite a bit of beer...).

I didn't intentionally add snails, they probably just came in on the plants, most were small enough I couldn't see them. They didn't seem bothered by the cycle, and grew and reproduced fairly quickly (I guess eating all the driftwood fungus and developing biofilm, etc.).
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