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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-27-2005, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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Does your Mopane rot?

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I have a new tank with a large mopane log in it and it's rotting. I'm not sure how much longer I can keep it in the tank. I have to do partial water changes everyday. The tank is still cycling but every day seems too much.
It first grew a white jelly-like stuff all over it (the wood), and then started to smell bad. I was scraping it off yesterday and in the process, one of my fish died, I'm not sure what the precise cause of death was, but the tank was full of floating white gunk from the Mopane. I managed to get all the fungus? off and the water is now "clean" but still smells a little. I'll keep up the partial WC.

Should I keep it and see what happens or should I throw it out. Any advice would be great.

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that's normal... not rotting per se (everything is rotting when you get down to it, its just a matter of rate). fungus on mopani is *very* common. mine was white and stinky for about 3 weeks. some plecos will keep it clean, other's don't care for it. but it *will* disappear on its own one day. keep up the water changes, and *don't* scrape off the fungus unless you like making your water messier than it has to be... leave the fungus confined to the wood and it will work itself out soon enough. as for your fish dying,... no clue there. i've never heard of anyone linking driftwood fungus (white fuzz / slime) with fish death, but I can't say it's not possible. Another option is to soak the wood in a separate container from your tank, or boil it, to help it water log faster (but boiling starts the microorganism colonization over again, and the fugus will come back as strong as ever. i'd just leave it alone, and don't scrape stuff off of it until it's definitely algae, and even then, just get a pleco, otos, or shrimp and it shouldn't be a big deal. best of luck!


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Thanks Oqsy,
you have no idea how much I needed to hear, or in this case, read that. I will let the wood be and hope for the best and keep up the water changes untill things settle down. The fish in the aquarium seem happy, except of course, the dead one.

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