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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-01-2013, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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What is the white fungus that grows on driftwood? What could be causing this? Is it harmful and how do I get rid of it aside from pulling out the wood and scrubbing or is that what I should be doing? Sorry no pics.
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It's fine, it'll go away. I too was concerned the first time my wood spewed white goo.

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Is it kind of hairy looking? If so, it is completely normal and harmless. It goes away after a few weeks. If you have snails or shrimp, they will chow down on it.
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I had this on one of two pieces of mopani wood that I put in my 20.

I took the wood out and washed it during a water change, and it hasn't come back, but now that the tank is cycled, I moved my convict from his temporary 10 gallon into the 20...and after one night, he's got the same stringy fungus growing on his eyes.

Started him on maracyn 2 last night and this morning the amount of fungus is greatly reduced. I've never seen anything like it before, but I did replant a sword from that tank in a dirted 10 gallon and found the same fungus started growing on the substrate, but it was easily vacuumed out.
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I have some on a tank of mine that is nearly cycled. It is going away slowly. Snails, shrimp and such do help.

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Thanks everyone. I feel a bit better now. The tank is only a month old and I just got 4 Amanos last weekend so maybe they will help. My water still tested fine and plants and fish are good just when you see this stuff it looks gross and made me worry something was off.
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