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I have a substance that seems to be coming from the wood in my aquarium. The wood was soaked for over a week and it was clear water when I removed it to the tank.
The substance whitish can be seen right in the middle of this picture on the end of a branch. Further it also seems to be in patches on the root in various places. I have no idea what it is. It is a bit slimy when I remove it with twezzers. Tank is newly set up It is like a film.
Today I will be taking the tank down to clean everything and I am going to pour boiling water over the entire root and let it sit in that while I do the cleaning. I have touched various party of the tank but the film does not seem to be there. Maybe this is a type of tannin, I dont know but I want to resolve this asap. The root was sold by my LFS who has carried this material for several years.
Can anyone tell me what this might be or if it is natural or should I discard the root?
Thanks please advise asap
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-03-2013, 02:38 PM
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It's some type of new wood fungus. It isn't a big deal and it will go away on its own. Breaking down your tank and boiling everything is overkill in the highest order.
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There you go, it's a white fungus that likes wood and will eventually go away on its own.


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Yup. Perfectly normal for new wood. Nothing to worry about!

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Is it harmful to fish?
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Is it harmful to fish?
Aside from killing all of your fish and plants and rendering your tank a veritable cauldron of fish AIDS, it's perfectly fine and nothing to worry about.

I kid. Your fish and plants will be fine. Hit it with a toothbrush during water changes to help loosen it up.

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Great news

Will it affect the biological filter media or does it basically stay on the wood?
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I don't know. I don't think very many people know the answer to that question because it isn't a big enough problem to spin an aquarium off of its axis. Run two water changes per week instead of one. Don't mess with your filter while it's cycling. Hit the fungus with a toothbrush before water changes to loosen it up. Don't try an interrupt your cycle with unnecessary chemicals or drastic measures. Otherwise, ignore it and it WILL go away.
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Do nothing other than routine maintenance, and try not to look at it. It will be gone before too long. Just not soon enough.

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