It's not that "fuzzy mold" that develops underwater. This driftwood is completely in air. I'm doing a dry start on my tank and the HC is coming tomorrow. There is no visible water level in the ADA Aquasoil Amazonia, some on the top is even starting to dry.
Last night I had to hood closed (for 8 hours, lights off) and mold began to grow again. I took the driftwood out, soaked/scrubbed it in very hot water, then put it outside in the sun for quite a few hours. I had boiled it prior to it growing mold a second time.
I'm able to keep mold away great when I open the tank's hood and turn a fan on the tank. Can I do that with HC if the substrate is moist, or no?
I'd like to do a dry start with the driftwood in the tank. If worse comes to worst I can dry start without it... Is there a way to dry start with it and prevent mold, or should I just forget about the driftwood altogether during the dry start, allowing more light and reducing mold?
It's a short white mold if that makes a difference....
Please, someone with experience in DSM tell me what to do. How do you prevent mold during a dry start?
Don't have much time left until I have to plant the tank... Help?