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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-13-2018, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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White fuzz on wood during dry start (and other questions)

I have a 22 long tank with Amazonia substrate. I am going to do a high tech setup (pressurized CO2, planted 24/7 lights). I'm trying to dry start dwarf baby tears, glosso, and s repens. I'm on day 2.

My driftwood already has some white fuzz on it! Should I remove the wood during the drystart and put it back when I flood the tank? Or, is the white fuzz harmless? FYI, the wood is above the substrate.

Additionally, I'm in a rush to flood the tank. I want to cycle as quick as possible and get some fish in. How long should I wait to flood the tank? It's ok if the carpet isn't done. I just want the plants to root so they don't float up.

Lastly, I used some egg crates to create some slopes. Is the fact that the egg crate is close to the surface a problem for the plants? Will it affect planting or rooting?
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White fuzz on the wood could be mold growth or some type of fungus. I'd personally remove the wood, boil it to sanitize and keep it submerged in a bucket or something until you're ready to use it.
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Agree with @blissskr white fuzz is probably mold or fungal growth. If I were you, I would manually remove the growth with an old toothbrush or something. If the growth spreads it may cover up your carpet and kill it.

It is always hard to wait for the immersed growth to grow but the longer you wait the more luscious it will look. Also the more plant mass you have to soak up nutrients the less problem you should have with algae blooms.

I wouldn't worry too much about the egg crates.
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