driftwood in the process of being covered.. - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-18-2002, 06:02 AM Thread Starter
Kit
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 45
Hi.
I just noticed when I came back from school today that on my african driftwood, there is this white-clearish fuzzy stuff growing on it. I have never seen algea that looks like this and I was wondering how I should get rid of this stuff..Will some oto's eat it? What other ways are there to get rid of it?
Any advice would help.

thanks,
Kit
Kit is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-18-2002, 02:38 PM
Planted Tank VIP
 
GulfCoastAquarian's Avatar
 
PTrader: (6/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Posts: 3,578
How long have you had the driftwood and how long has it been since you gave it a good scrubbing? It could be decay and bacteria, rather than algae.

- Sam P -
plantedtanker in limbo - all tanks currently in storage
GulfCoastAquarian is offline  
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-19-2002, 03:09 AM Thread Starter
Kit
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 45
Thanks gulfcoast for replying.

It's new driftwood and today when I went to my LFS they told me whats growing on it is fungus, which is normal to collect on new driftwood. They said there is two ways to get it off. One, too buy a pleco (supposevly they'll eat fungus??) or two, to take it out of the tank, wash it again and let it dry for the day until it's been baking in the sun for a while...These are new pieces, so I did expect some thing of this sort. They have been soaking for 2 weeks for the rid of the natural tanins in the wood.

so does that sound good?

thanks a lot.

Kit
Kit is offline  
 
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-19-2002, 04:03 AM
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 160
It is a fungus, good to hear your LFS recognized it, sounds like your fortunate to have a knowledgable LFS. I collect most of my own driftwood and in my experience it can be difficult to stop the fungus from returning...the spores can be very persistant. No harm that I'm aware of can come from the fungus. In addition to some plecos eating the fungus, I've also witnessed Mollies, Guppies and especially Swordtails eating the white patches of fungus.
Steve Hampton is offline  
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-19-2002, 04:36 AM Thread Starter
Kit
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 45
Thanks steve!

Good to hear it's normal. Yes, I do have a very good LFS. I actually have two! I don't know if you've seen advertisements of Aquatic Warehouse. Also, theres a place down the street that has an outstanding selection of live plants and fish. Mostly freshwater, but that's what I have so no problems there!

Back to the fungus. I am glad to hear it is normal. I will leave it alone and probably buy a bristlenose pleco.

I am so attached to these two peices of driftwood that I bought. In the past, observing the driftwood, they have in, are not too interesting. Then it "happend"! They had a new shipment in and I picked out these two that compliment eachother so well!

You'll see what I'm talking about when I post some pics of the final tank.

thanks again,

Kit

Kit is offline  
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-06-2003, 07:06 PM
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 319
hey so did your fungus go away?
evan is offline  
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-06-2003, 09:01 PM
Planted Tank VIP
 
GDominy's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Victoria,British Columbia, Canada
Posts: 3,461
I always get fungus on hte pieces of wood I buy. I generally just leave it alone and the fungus goes away in a few weeks. Otherwise fish or snails eat.
GDominy is offline  
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-06-2003, 10:00 PM
Doesn't like Kool-Aid
 
Momotaro's Avatar
 
PTrader: (52/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Hawthorne, New Jersey
Posts: 10,125
Isn't it amazing what a little bit of patience can accomplish!!

[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
Momotaro is offline  
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-06-2003, 10:32 PM
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 60
Do bristlenose pleco do a good job with eating algae and leave most of plants alone? Are these considered dwarf pleco? I had a common pleco in a 100G tank that grew to be about 10" long and loved to tear up plants! I was told that a dwarf pleco wouldn't do that and several fish sites suggested bristlenose or rubberlip? pleco.
CarlaB is offline  
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-07-2003, 02:56 PM
Planted Tank VIP
 
GulfCoastAquarian's Avatar
 
PTrader: (6/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Posts: 3,578
I recently got rid of my 7" Sailfin Pleco and went with a Bristlenose. He's smaller, but does almost as good a job as the Grumpy old Sailfin did. He doesn't seem to be able to keep up with the green spot algae quite as well, though.
I believe the bristlenose is one of the smaller plecos, though, growing only to a max of around 4".

- Sam P -
plantedtanker in limbo - all tanks currently in storage
GulfCoastAquarian is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Driftwood staining? Dead Heterandria? mosasaur General Planted Tank Discussion 2 07-26-2004 01:07 AM
two driftwood questions martygreene General Planted Tank Discussion 8 05-25-2004 07:35 PM
Driftwood and CO2 chart ninoboy General Planted Tank Discussion 1 02-12-2004 11:15 AM
My driftwood adventure - Prologue GDominy General Planted Tank Discussion 2 11-12-2003 09:12 PM
Need some advice Zaphod_Beeblebrox General Planted Tank Discussion 8 11-05-2003 07:11 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome