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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-06-2018, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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Film on driftwood

This last weekend I set up a 20 gal freshwater planted tank and I have this clear smiley film-like build-up on the driftwood and only the driftwood and I dont know what's wrong. I brushed it off with an algea pad and did a 50% water change but it came back the next day. This time I brushed it off and aimed a powerhead down the length of the driftwood. I just really want to nail this tank and its making me worried.

The substrate is eco complete and carib sea sand in some spots and i have lava rock and manzanita driftwood.
As far as plants go I have three species of jungle val, two species of bacopa, an Amazon sword, a few Sagittarius subuletta, christmas moss all over the driftwood and I am waiting on the s. Repens.
Mechanically I have an aquaclear 50 with previously used media, an air stone and a ppwerhead set at its lowest. The light is a current led + set for 5 hrs until the tank games more beneficial bacteria so I can increase it to 8 hours.
Fertilizers are seachem nitrogen, potassium, iron and flourish. Co2 is 1bps and planing to get root tabs

No fish in the tank yet because its only a week old
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I believe it's just bacteria causing it on the wood. Happens to a bunch of people who use manzanita. Should go away on its own eventualy.


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^^^ what they said. I just set up a tank about a week and a half ago and just now the film is starting to disappear.
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Okay. Good to hear.

Is having the light on only for 5 hours, correct? All my jungle val is limp today, Idk if its because the power head but it's not crisp its almost mushy like.
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Okay. Good to hear.

Is having the light on only for 5 hours, correct? All my jungle val is limp today, Idk if its because the power head but it's not crisp its almost mushy like.

Also, just another new tank, plant transition normal thing. Plants adapt to their new environment and a lot of them shed their existing growth and new growth emerges.

Even just moving from 1 tank to another in the same house can result in plant melting. (It has for me, anyway)

As time passes you'll see improvements. And yes, 5 hrs of light is an excellent starting point.

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The wood film is pretty common and easy to see that there are things in/on the wood which acts as "food" for some strange little critter that we can't see. Some suggest "sugar" as a name for that food but when we add it to the tank we seem to set up a new situation where some little thing finds it can grow. comes , grows until the food runs out and then goes? Seems to do no harm, so I try to ignore it for a bit and not get too excited and some fish do eat it.
I try to avoid fights with Mother Nature as she seems to have lots of ways to do me in!
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Just to double check, this is what melt back on a jungle val looks like?

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Sorry, no info on that point as vals and I are not friends! My first few got too tall and I've never gone back to them. I do read a lot about Excel being bad news for them, though.
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