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Why does new driftwood?

...get the white fuzz?

Just curious.

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White Fuzz

Hello dbw...

It's likely just a fungus that grows in the breaks in the wood where food collects. I've seen this before on pieces. I got some Ramshorn snails and put a few of them in the tank. They removed it in a few weeks.

There's no reason for concern. The fungus is harmless.

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+ one for fungus or fungi.
Have had this appear on Mopani wood a few times ,not so much on Malaysian wood.
Snails and shrimps get right after it.(or at least they did for me)
Can always boil the wood some more to help rid it.
First time I seen it,,it was like a big white cloud that engulfed the wood and I did not know what to think so I removed the piece and boiled it for about an hour as I recall.
Never seen it that bad again on any other pieces I bought, so I just let the snails and shrimps clean it.
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Ditto the above.
I am not sure if it is feeding on dust that has accumulated on the wood, or on the few dead wood cells that are soft enough for the fungus to get into, but whatever they are feeding on it does not seem to harm the tank.
I simply remove it if it gets too massive, without being fanatical about it. It will come back while the tank is cycling, but many aquatic creatures will eat it, especially Loricariads.
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If you're wondering why it happens in the first place, it's probably just the result of decomposing organic material.
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I can't remember where, but I read/heard someplace that it's a fungus that's eventually displaced/outcompeted by bacteria.

Would explain why it's so common, and eventually 'goes away' on it's own.
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It's a fungus that is consuming nutrients that haven't leached out of the wood yet. One of the pieces in my tank has it right now. It's a new piece that I will not be using in the tank permanently, I am just letting it cure in the tank.

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Hi:

Okay, well thanks everyone.

I intend to get a pleco in a week who hopefully should enjoy it then. Yay.

I am not worried about it; I was just receiving conflicting reports online through googling about what it exactly was.

Almost all of my wood has it (it is a new month old tank with all new wood collected from the local parks and stuff - dont worry - super cleaned beyond words). I can just wait for it all to disappear.

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Fungal spores on the wood are introduced WITH the wood.


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Ahhh I see.

Well this wood was boiled, dishwashed on high heat rinse cycle, bleached, and then dried. So if the fungal spores can make it through all that, then God intended for them to be there.

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Ahhh I see.

Well this wood was boiled, dishwashed on high heat rinse cycle, bleached, and then dried. So if the fungal spores can make it through all that, then God intended for them to be there.

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Yeah, none of those treatments will kill all fungal spores. Plus you've probably added a lot of chemicals in the process to be honest.


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Who knows.. probably. Especially with the bleaching eh?

I boiled the stuff forever, bleached for two days, etc. The way I see it, the fungal spores are a "Welcome to the Tank" gift for the new pleco. :-)

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I boiled my driftwood multiple times trying to bleed out tannins and I still ended up with fungus. Even without a pleco knock it loose at WC and eventually it will stop growing.
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