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What is this fuzz???

My tank has been cycling for about a week now...no fish, no plants, no ferts, and no light. Aquaclear 20 filter running, and eco-complete substrate with some wood and rocks, and dechlorinated tap water. I noticed a small piece of fuzz-ish thing on the substrate the other day, and removed it during a water change. Today I noticed another little piece of fuzz. What is this??? It is not on the glass, but rather swaying in the current attached to a piece of substrate.

Could it be a piece of debris from the filter media? Or something from the gravel? I've had my fair share of algae run ins and it doesn't look like any algae I have seen before, nor do I think it could be since the light is never on.
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Fungus?
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maybe just old food that fungus grew on?
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There's never been any food. The tank has only had water in it a week. And the substrate is new.
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Hmm then in that case i would guess that your driftwood piece had a little bark that came off and now is being eaten
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I vote fungus. Is there any driftwood in there?

I have this dang piece of driftwood that keeps growing fungus like that. It spread to plants, gavel and the tank walls. I boiled it, which helped, but it still grew a light coat. I have other driftwood in three other tanks that don't do that. Not sure why.
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I have seen this stuff growing on my substrate as well. I was told it's a fungus- anything white is supposedly a fungus. The advice I was given is just to syphon it when you do maintenance. I guess having more flow in that area, no dead spots, would help.
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In my opinion, it's not Fungus. It's bacteria-the good bacteria, eating something organic. When I cycle my tanks, I use Tetra Safe Start, and within days I see this. When it has consumed whatever it is eating, it will disappear.

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Thanks everyone. I suppose I will just let it ride and see how this progresses. Hopefully it is bacteria and not fungus.
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fungus

I had the exaxct same thing , only a bigger patch. Sucked it out with my aquarium vaccum and it never came back.
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In my opinion, it's not Fungus. It's bacteria-the good bacteria, eating something organic. When it has consumed whatever it is eating, it will disappear.
I agree with this.
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