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Help identify white spots on driftwood

Help identify these white spots. This was spotted on the underside of my driftwood. The white stuff can't be picked off. I would describe the texture similar to chalk. It's very hard and if I scratch it, it will break apart and turn to dust. I also noticed two of these white spots on my heater.

The driftwood is relatively new and very soft. I scraped off a thick outer layer before adding it in my tank. My water clouded up for a few days before clearing.

I don't test my water. Fish and plants do great.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-24-2014, 04:20 AM
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I initially thought I was looking at a fungus.. bad display on my phone. I see the spots now. They look like snail eggs to me. Got any nerites hanging around in there?

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Thank you for the reply. I hope you're right and that it won't affect my tank.
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If you do have snails, and those are in fact eggs which I would think, you are good to go. Razor blades remove, and you'll have to remove the specks of wood. They take a very long time to vanish. Lots of theories as to sexing and keeping egg production down.. I just enjoyed it as part of the tank.

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I just did a quick search and the symptoms appear to be nerite snail eggs. I introduced a single hitch hiker and was told the snails are harmless and the eggs will not hatch in freshwater. I just hope that's true. I'll do a bit more research.
The last thing I would want is snails in my tank. I just successfully won a battle with MTS.
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Yep! No worries about them hatching either. Keep those plants clean and inspected when you buy em, heh heh. You can easily end up with some pond snails and mts which reproduce exponentially as you have already discovered. Nerites are pretty sweet. I like the horned ones.
the eggs are a turnoff for lots of folks, but I sure do like to watch them. If only the wouldn't try to escape from my tank so often! I've found them across the HOUSE before, alive!
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These look like nerite egg.
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What's that rhizome you have tied under the log? I've never seen anyone tie such a long rhizome before. Or a rhizome that's so straight like an arrow.
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