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Hi all! I recently set up my 20 gallon high as a planted tank about 10 days ago. At the moment, I have this very faint, delicate looking white velvet fuzz growing on just one of my driftwood pieces. What is this white fuzz and what, if anything, do I need to do about it?
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Hi all! I recently set up my 20 gallon high as a planted tank about 10 days ago. At the moment, I have this very faint, delicate looking white velvet fuzz growing on just one of my driftwood pieces. What is this white fuzz and what, if anything, do I need to do about it?
hey freiend do u use sand substratete?
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Sounds like a bacterial bloom. I had it on a piece of grape vine that had it bad which I ditched. Someone else on here has the same issue within the past few weeks, I'd have to search for it though.

I'm currently having a small bout of it in one of my cubes. I've just been knocking it off with a pipette and doing daily water changes and siphoning it off.


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I usually associate white fuzz with mold. IME it simply goes away after a while (couple weeks). I've seen some fish actually nibble at it. Don't know if it is particularly toxic, but I had no deaths at the time.

You could scrub it off, but it will probably come back; mold grows where it can find nutrients, your driftwood might just be rich in the good stuff right now.

I've never tried it, but boiling the driftwood for a while might break down the nutrients on the surface that the mold wants.
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It's a bacterial bloom on the driftwood.
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Let it be and itll go away by itself
All new driftwood grows these white fungas.. Totally normal and fish safe so don't worry.
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Thanks for the input! Not using sand substrate, I'm using black fluorite by seachem. And I tried the boiling trick with all three pieces of my drift wood, but only one piece has the white fuzz. Boiled all three pieces for 4-5 hours with frequent water changes. I'll just keep an eye on it and do my regular water changes. Sounds like its a "new tank syndrome" occurrence? And it will go away on its own?
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Not so much new tank as new driftwood, it happened to me in a well established tank.

It should go away just fine
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