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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-05-2015, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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These are pictures of my first planted 45 gallon tank I set up a week back. I have 2 t5 6500k 39 watts and one t5 4500 k 39 watts, with a canister filter, lights are on for about 7 hours a day and I am infusing co2 using a cylinder at 2 bubbles per second. On the 5th day I noticed whitish moss like material on my driftwood, which you can see in the second picture, I haven't introduced fishes as yet. Please let me know what to do now regarding the possible fungus and suggestions with the set up of my tank
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-05-2015, 08:11 PM
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That's normal on driftwood, wait it out and it will disappear. You can suction it off with some airline tubing if you want. I usually let it disappear on its own. I have never had a problem with fish when I've had it. Just check all your parameters before adding any fish.
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Not gonna affect fish or plants, but after the wood is filled with this stuff, I would take a tooth brush and gently brush it off and out of the tank along with a water change. If left in too long and it starts to break apart, it'll float and get tangled in your plants me it's no fun cleaning it then especially from plants like pogostemon erectus or rotala walichii.

I've had manzanita and spider wood do this..manzanita was the worst.
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Agree with both posts above.

When it gets thick I do tend to brush it off a few hours before a water change, then suck up the rest with tubing.

Funny enough, I have one piece of Malaysian driftwood in a small tank, it never did this. The spider wood did though, big time.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-05-2015, 10:07 PM
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Plants sold in bunches like Rotala for example are not intended to be planted as a bunch.
They are spread out with perhaps 2-3 or up to 5 in a bunch so the roots have room to
spread out better. Stems also enlarge somewhat as they grow and put in the tank all in one bunch will not allow them room to do this much.

The shortest distance between any two points is a straight the opposite direction...
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I agree with both lines of thinking above. The wood is just going through a big adjustment. Small unseen things that can't grow out of water may now go full growth but it won't last long. Most have a very small set of conditions to live and that changes pretty quick usually. Some fish eat the stuff!!
Spread the plant stems out to get better growth.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-06-2015, 03:27 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your suggestions, my ph is 7.4 and nitrate level is 0.
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