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please help fast!! what is that?

so i got home today and i founds my tank looking like this...



when i left for school this morning it was crystal clear... im running 2 fillers a H.O.T. magnum 350 and a fulvul professional 2 i have 6 T8 bulbs (32W a piece) its a 150 gallons and its been fine for atleast 2 weeks already... any clue what it is
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no one? come on now
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Its only been 30mins between your posts, give it some time. What is wrong, the cloudiness or the stringy stuff or both? By running fine for 2 weeks, you mean total tank setup time is 2 week?

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stringy stuff and clopudy stuff its the same stuff... and no running with fish and everything... some plants, ferts...
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White stuff could be fungus, happens a lot with new driftwood added to a tank, especially mopali wood or however you spell it. Cloudyness is probably a bacteria bloom. Happens in newer setup tank, or anytime can have it happen really. It's usually harmless and will clear itself up in a day or two. Doing a waterchange won't help much with bacteria blooms, its one of the two bacteria that grow in our filters goes out of wack a bit and grows too much, it balances itself out and isn't harmful. You can try and clear up the fungus string a bit but again, probably not harmful.

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stringy stuff and clopudy stuff its the same stuff... and no running with fish and everything... some plants, ferts...
You still didn't really answer the question.

Did you set up your tank two weeks ago, fill, and add things, or has the tank been up longer than that?


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its been up longer then that just with fish and stuff only like 2 weeks... and i dont think i could be fugus unless it can live threw about 300+ degree F boiling water...
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Relax. It's probably a mixture of green water and fungus. Either let it fix itself on its own, or do a couple water changes and scrub the driftwood. Though the fungus will probably continue to return for a few weeks.

Water boils at 212F, by the way. And just because you boil some driftwood doesn't mean that it won't grow fungus. Or algae. Or some funky stuff that nobody can identify. You put organics in your tank and there's going to be a settling-in period.
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its been up longer then that just with fish and stuff only like 2 weeks... and i dont think i could be fugus unless it can live threw about 300+ degree F boiling water...
How long has the tank itself been up and running?

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Water boils at 212F
yea i kow so are you saying water cant get hotter then 212F?? i boild my wood in a 55G drum over a fire...
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yea i kow so are you saying water cant get hotter then 212F?? i boild my wood in a 55G drum over a fire...
Boiling point and vapor point are effectively identical, so you can't get the water above the boiling point.
For water, in an open system, that is nominally 212 degrees.* Plus or minus a bit depending on the air pressure at your location and any chemicals in the water.

You could heat the 55G drum to the melting point and the water would still be at the boiling point. Except the water would have to all boil out to get the metal that hot. With the right size fire, you can boil water in a paper pot.

Neat trivia bit - The temperature of the water at the bottom of the drum of boiling water, is actually below the boiling point of water.

For a Google search, use water boiling point as your search terms.

To answer your question, what you posted shows fungus on the wood and a bacterial bloom in the water. Most of us have been there and done that at one time or another. Yes, it can seem happen quickly. But it doesn't. It grows at a rate that accelerates over time. Such as a day at work or school.
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And it's REALLY important to know:

How long has this tank been set up?? I.E. - how long has the WATER been in the tank and running with the filter?

Not how long the fish have been in it or when you were done putting things into the tank, but when was this tank actually *started*?

That will play a critical part in accurately diagnosing what this issue most likely is, though chances are, it's a bacterial bloom as the others have said. Saying it's been up longer for two weeks, isn't really an answer, and you really need to be a little more specific to communicate that information to someone else so that they understand the answer clearly and accurately. Just trying to be helpful!

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Most likely your tank has not cycled yet, and it has an ammonia/bacteria bloom. It will clear as the bacteria grows, but you may loose your fish before then. Do you know how to cycle a tank? That's why people were asking how long the tank has been running. Cycling can take two months or more. Boiling wood usually kills any fungus spores if you do it long enough, like an hour or two.

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