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Paludarium fungus and water flow issues

So I've got this 50 gallon paludarium... it's been a big labor of love for a while, I never made a tank journal for it because I didn't think it looked nearly as good as the fantastic setups I've seen on this forum. I made a planting area for emersed growth by putting a couple plastic containers on pvc pipe risers, attached to slate and buried in the substrate. The driftwood is set up in a similar way.

Now lot of fluffy white fungus is beginning to accumulate underneath the planter box, probably due to lack of water flow. Thereís not a lot of room, all my equipment has to be awkwardly shoved in the corners. Maybe adding a water pump to increase circulation would help?

This thing has already been going for a year. Still no fishÖ on the one hand Iím proud I built it all by myself, but on the other hand I inadvertently made upkeep very difficult. I wonder if itís even worth getting fish for it, if I shouldnít try to renovate it or even tear it down, but I don't think I can take parts of it out without completely removing everything else.

Does anyone have any input on what I should do?
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What is substrate? Are you doing any water changes and maintenance? I think I see a double sponge air powered filter in right corner. That should be plenty of water movement as long as you keep sponges cleaned weekly and change 10-20% water.
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Substrate is Black Diamond blasting sand. I'm doing water changes, though admittedly not weekly... more like every other week, since there's no livestock. There's a double sponge filter on the right, and a 20gal internal filter on the left.
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Youíve got plenty of circulation if your talking about a powerhead/internal filter. Just make sure itís output is blowing under dishes.
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Youíve got plenty of circulation if your talking about a powerhead/internal filter. Just make sure itís output is blowing under dishes.
I assume you meant blowing under the planter box? This internal filter can work horizontally, so I can try setting it up like that.
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I assume you meant blowing under the planter box? This internal filter can work horizontally, so I can try setting it up like that.
Turtleclean 20? If so no need to change orientation and make it harder to clean/service just attach spraybar with elbow down front and have it blow under planters.
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Anytime i've had new wood added to a tank thst fuffy ehite stuff happens.
I now boil the crap out of my wood first , which sterilizes it and leaches nutrients out of the wood that may feed the white fluff.

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Anytime i've had new wood added to a tank thst fuffy ehite stuff happens.
I now boil the crap out of my wood first , which sterilizes it and leaches nutrients out of the wood that may feed the white fluff.
I realize that's normal, Fungus can still occur even after boiling the wood, sometimes. But I've had this tank set up for a year now, and the fungus just started cropping up. I noticed it's growing mostly on plant roots... so I think it's either some kind of beneficial mycorrhizae, or those roots are dead and the fungus is feeding on them. Not sure.

I cleaned the filters and added the spraybar attachment to the Turtleclean. The fungus is still present, but has stopped growing, at least.
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