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What's this stuff?

Just started up a new tank after a year in hibernation.
Water & driftwood been in tank for a few weeks now.
Got someone's dirty filter floss, and plants a week ago.
What's this stuff on my DW and how do I get rid of it? I don't think it's algae.
Thanks for your help!
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-28-2010, 12:38 PM
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its fungus. when the wood was submerged previously you pretty much haltic the decomposition process, bu then from drying it and re-submerging it, there was enough food and sugars created for fungus to grow on...

dont worry about it, it will go away on its own. especially if it was a piece you used before... some shrimps will eat it apparently.


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it's a new piece of wood from rod...but it was submerged not too long ago.

i went and got a BN pleco thinking it was the start of algae, but then it became apparent it's not. it will go away? should I rub it off? or just chill?
Anybody know which shrimp eat it?
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As some have alrewady mentioned, it is a harmless type of fungus that grows when you submerge a piece of wood underwater.

It will eventually go away on its own, but you can try rubbing it off and/or taking out the piece of wood, scrubbing it, or even boiling it. However, there is no guarantee that it will not come back, so the easiest (least amount of work) solution is to simply let the fungus expire on its own.

Most shrimp pick at it and will make short work of the fungus.

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yeah- I'm NOT taking it out...OK, now that I know it's harmless...I'll just chill!
thanks, you guys.
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My cherries went to town on it

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oooh, that's good news. Now I have to find some RCS. Yoohoo!!!
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Wont H202 kill it? Maybe like 2ml per gallon. I have never tried it, or had to try it, but you would think that would work.
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It may or may not work. H2O2 oxidizes many things, and will not be specific to the organics present in the fungus only.

I would not risk it, and just leave it be.

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The reason I ask, is because I use h202 to kill fungus in my mushroom garden, and also for my plant seeds.
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