white fluff identification please - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-01-2011, 02:38 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Abrium's Avatar
 
PTrader: (11/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: A day late and a dollar short.
Posts: 689
Send a message via Yahoo to Abrium Send a message via Skype™ to Abrium
white fluff identification please

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am in need of your help. I have a white fuzzy substance that is attaching itself to some of my plants. I first noticed it yesterday but since it is popping up in my cherry shrimp tank I just mistook the few instances of it as freshly shed, minature exoskeletons. Here are some pictures of this stuff today. There is a lot more today and I need to know what it is so I can deal with it.




Here is a second picture from a different angle:


I do not feed this tank. I extend the amount of light that this tank gets to facilitate the growth of algae because I have shrimp and 3 otto cats in this tank. I do a weekly water change and add the appropriate amount of flourish for the plants. The tank is heavily planted with various types of aquascaped moss, driftwood, lilies, and clover. Also, I am well aware of what snail eggs look like and this is not them.

There have been NO changes in this tank accept for the onset of this fuzz that I CANNOT identify.

Can someone please help so I can devise a course of action. I have googled my ass off with no avail...
Abrium is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-01-2011, 05:20 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
ValMM's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Newburgh, New York
Posts: 1,049
Send a message via Skype™ to ValMM
It might be mold. The pictures don't show a very good close up of the white fluff itself.

My roommate says I'll die by giant turtle.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
ValMM is offline  
post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-02-2011, 02:19 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Abrium's Avatar
 
PTrader: (11/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: A day late and a dollar short.
Posts: 689
Send a message via Yahoo to Abrium Send a message via Skype™ to Abrium
I can't doubt you because I am at a loss but what would cause mold in a tank that I don't feed. I put no food in this tank and haven't since I've grown a good algae bed though. I don't know what would cause mold if that is what it is. I don't have an overly great camera so I can't get any closer.

Anyone else with suggestions?
Abrium is offline  
 
post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-02-2011, 02:33 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Abrium's Avatar
 
PTrader: (11/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: A day late and a dollar short.
Posts: 689
Send a message via Yahoo to Abrium Send a message via Skype™ to Abrium
Here is about as close up as I can get. Like I said, I know its not snail eggs but I have seen an increase in water fleas and other little critters. I just don't see mold showing up in my tank when it would have to materialize from nothing.

Abrium is offline  
post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-02-2011, 02:35 AM
Planted Tank VIP
 
chad320's Avatar
 
PTrader: (101/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Spring Valley, IL
Posts: 7,703
Hmmm.... you got me wondering too. I've never seen anything like it. The closest guess ive got would be shail trails if you've got a descent sized one in there. Thats my best guess. Maybe if you cleaned the glass inside and out and took the same pic it would clear it up a bit? I am interested to see what the answer to this is though. I thought maybe driftwood fuzz at first but this looks different than that even.


EDIT: Hello Abrium the ninja

My 65g jungle October rain
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
chad320 is offline  
post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-02-2011, 04:09 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Abrium's Avatar
 
PTrader: (11/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: A day late and a dollar short.
Posts: 689
Send a message via Yahoo to Abrium Send a message via Skype™ to Abrium
let me clean the glass right quick and see if ye ol' droid can take a better picture of my mystery fungus/eggs/mold/wtf. Give me a second, I'll also stir it up a bit to see if I can get a better angle.
Abrium is offline  
post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-02-2011, 05:01 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Abrium's Avatar
 
PTrader: (11/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: A day late and a dollar short.
Posts: 689
Send a message via Yahoo to Abrium Send a message via Skype™ to Abrium
Alright, this is about as good as I can get with my severely limited equipment. I am going to try to provide everything that will be relevant starting with water parms.

tank size 10 gallon
Ammonia & Nitrites = 0
Nitrates = < 20 ppm (strip color change doesn't happen until 20)
ph = ~ 7.5ish
Gen Hard = 12

Routine:
A weekly water change happens regardless of nitrate reading. The amount of water changed ranges from 20% to 40%. The occasional vacuum will happen but never all of the substrate at the same time. Biomedia is never completely removed and as stated in my first post this tank gets about 12 to 14 hours of light to facilitate algae growth to feed the inhabitants. Approximately 1ml of seachem flourish is given during the water change and water is chemically aged with a tetra de-chlorinator.

Occupancy:
At least 50 red cherry shrimp by now (they are breeding like cockroaches)
3 otto catfish
2 small gold mystery snails
2 black mollies

Here are the best pictures that I can get with my droid:


Picture 1: Just a good overall picture of what I am seeing when I look at it. The behavior of this stuff seems to remain constant as in there is none of it free flowing in the water and it is seemingly adhered to the individual strands of the marimo moss. However, I do also see a few pieces forming on nearby java moss and hornwort. In both instances it is stuck around a leaf or stem.


Picture 2: This is the closest I can get without pixilating the image. As you can see there are what looks like mature instances and you can begin to see some more developing to the right of the established "colony".


Picture 3: Just in case someone wanted to throw in the token snail eggs response I found a cluster of common snail eggs not far from my strange new growth who I am now calling Steve & co. You can see my mystery fungi/mold is much smaller.


Picture 4: Overall of the tank to demonstrate water clarity and plant life in the tank.


I really hope this helps someone draw a conclusion as to what I am dealing with. Its growth pattern somewhat indicates that it doesn't go water borne to land and start a new colony because this outbreak is only happening in one corner of my tank and trust me I looked everything over with a fine tooth comb once I seen this intruder, I mean we all do don't we? Tufts of it are bigger towards the center of the outbreak and smaller on the edges.

Hope this helps.

Last edited by Abrium; 03-02-2011 at 05:03 AM. Reason: image link broken
Abrium is offline  
post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-02-2011, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Abrium's Avatar
 
PTrader: (11/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: A day late and a dollar short.
Posts: 689
Send a message via Yahoo to Abrium Send a message via Skype™ to Abrium
update, no change between yesterday and today so whatever the growth is it doesn't feel the need to spread anymore.
Abrium is offline  
post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-14-2011, 08:43 AM
Newbie
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Orange, CA
Posts: 2
I've also recently started getting these blobs in my tank as well. Only thing that has changed is the addition of my dwarf frogs into my larger tank. Thought it was unviable eggs from the female since they started calling and "hugging" a lot. Its only on my hornwort and the roots of the water lettuce. All the broader leafed plants are unaffected. I have noticed that any uneaten food, especially insects, become white and cottony in 2-3 days. Nobody is getting sick thus far. I've had it for 2 weeks. My guess is a type of fungus but I have never had this problem before.
Gilllessgirl is offline  
post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-14-2011, 10:56 PM
Newbie
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Orange, CA
Posts: 2
Update from yesterday. Sadly, I lost a male dwarf frog. Thought he was having a rough shed but perhaps whatever is growing on those plants colonised his skin and made him sick. If another frog dies, I will definately declare a feud with the funk, whatever it is.
Gilllessgirl is offline  
post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-14-2011, 11:32 PM
Planted Member
 
Indeed's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Renton, WA
Posts: 212
to me it looks like pond snail eggs or mold, thats my best guess hope it goes away soon..

-Matt

110g High "The Commune"
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


The great 'rummey vs neon' debacle of O'11:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Indeed is offline  
post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-30-2020, 04:06 AM
Newbie
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2020
Posts: 1
Looks like colonies of stentor, a type of stalked ciliate
FlowerbedOnion is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome