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Old 11-05-2012, 05:09 AM   #1
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White mold/fungus on driftwood


My betta tank where there is a piece of driftwood that sticks up above the water seems to have an issue with a possible mold or fungus. It has even spread on top of the duckweed and frogbit and on the part of the wood that sticks out of the water. It like a white light dusting but only on the parts that stick out of the water. I have tried putting melafix/pimafix in but it doesn't seem to really solve it.

I am wondering if at this point I should just toss the plants and start over. If I did is there a way to "sanitize" the wood, it is a nice piece I would like to save.
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:10 AM   #2
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Boil the wood, after you've inspected its quality. Bleach dip the plants?
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:46 AM   #3
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I was thinking boil. How long would I have to do so? Does it risk ruining the wood? I have never kept driftwood in my tanks before :P
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I was thinking boil. How long would I have to do so? Does it risk ruining the wood? I have never kept driftwood in my tanks before :P
I would say 5-10 minutes should be long enough to kill the mold.

Boiling wood will not ruin it. Many people do this, and some even put it into the dishwasher
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I would say 5-10 minutes should be long enough to kill the mold.

Boiling wood will not ruin it. Many people do this, and some even put it into the dishwasher
Wood soup is so yummy..
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Alright I will def do that then, thanks everyone!
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Wood soup is so yummy..
Just be sure to avoid using the pot that your wife/mom/significant other uses for cooking
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haha thanks for the tip!
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If the mold comes back you might wanna have a small fan over the tank. It can help
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