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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-16-2013, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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Black mold on drift wood.

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I have a 1-1.5 gallon bowl in a window, using the DSM method for dwarf hair grass. I also have a piece of driftwood that I made from a maple tree in my back yard. It has some java moss tied to it and it has been doing well for the first week.

Lately I've noticed some black and dark green (as well as white) mold on the wood. Should I take it out? Here's what I did to prep it for the tank;

Clip it from tree

cut to size

Boil, peel off bark, boil again, check for more bark

Soak for a week

Scrub with green scouring pad, boil again

I thought that would kill all the spores that could have been in there. So now what? Do I flood the tank, take out the drift wood and rinse it? I would rather not remove it as that would mean re-arranging everything, but if it is for the health of the plants I will.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-16-2013, 06:06 PM
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I would highly suggest replacing that fresh wood with something dead and dry, start over.

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