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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-18-2018, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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White fluff balls?

I'm trying to positively I.d. this out-break so I can treat it. I think it's white hair algea but I'm not entirely sure and a more experienced judgment would make me more confident.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-18-2018, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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I have read that mold can look very similar but from what ive researched it almost always comes down to fish food, except I dont have any fish in this tank so theres never been food in it. I have dosed some ferts if that could be it.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-18-2018, 10:02 PM
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How new is the wood? This is a common occurrence with newly introduced wood, it's fungal/bacterial/mold and completely harmless.
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Definitely not algae. A bacteria or something. You change water AND clean filters recently?
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I've had this stuff on new branchwood before. Itll go away eventually, or you can get an otocat and they'll eat that stuff too. Though from an animal husbandry perspective, I wouldn't buy an oto just to take care of this temporary problem.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-20-2018, 04:01 AM Thread Starter
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Ive changed the water four times in the last two weeks because its a new tank. On the third cleaning I did spruce up the filter a bit but I didnt want to go hardcore and remove the developing beneficial bacteria.
It is new driftwood, its the first time ive used drift wood in a tank at all. I am relieved its not big deal.
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