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Fuzzy wood!!! please help.

I am getting my first planted tank set up and have water, driftwood, and substrate in the tank. It has been running like this for a couple of weeks and has been steadily growing white fuzz on the driftwood. I left for the weekend and when I came home last night this is what it looked like.

What do I need to do here. I clearly dont want fuzzy wood. Help me out here.


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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-03-2012, 02:28 PM
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That's normal for new wood in a new tank. Once you get the tank cycled any algae eating fish or shrimp you add will quickly devour all of the fuzz.
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Scraping the wood with a toothbrush and then doing a big water change will help.

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Remove as much as you reasonably can, but it will come back. Just do not let it get too much. It will go away, and a lot of fish will eat it.
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It's mold. The wood looks like grape wood which molds heavily try boiling the wood
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It's normal...unsightly, but normal. It'll go away in time but it takes a while. I have it now too although it's not as bad as it was when I first added the wood. Take the wood out and pat the slimy areas with paper towel. Get some hydrogen peroxide (or Excel if you have that) and put a capful in a spray bottle with water and spritz the wood with it. The fungs will come back but it shouldn't be as bad. Repeat the process once or twice a week. It's normal though, not much you can do but wipe it off and wait it out.


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Shrimp and snails love that stuff!

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