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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-05-2015, 02:35 AM Thread Starter
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Weird algae growth on driftwood

I have had my new 20 gal planted tank up for about a month now and im starting to get this weird clear algae slime growing on my driftwood. My tanks is completely algae free otherwise except on the wood. I cleaned it with hot when I first put it in and again yesterday when I did my first trim but it's still there. Any ideas what this is and how to get rid of it?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-05-2015, 02:47 AM
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This is normal when driftwood is placed in an aquarium early on. If you leave it alone, it will resolve spontaneously in the next couple of weeks.


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Ok cool so just leave it be and it should just go away in time?
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This isn't actually algae at all.. it is a fungus.

Since it is a fungus, it needs something to feed on. Eventually it runs out of easily extracted nutrient from the driftwood and dies...

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I've read if you take out the driftwood and boil it, it'll kill the fungus. I have that stuff on all my driftwood except the one I soaked in hot water for days.

I'm fairly experienced with fish, but new to planted tanks.
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Standard driftwood snot. Harmless. 90% of the new driftwood I've bought get this and its gone in a couple weeks to a month. However, I do have a piece in one of my shrimp tanks and its been growing on and on and on for about a year....


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I've read if you take out the driftwood and boil it, it'll kill the fungus. I have that stuff on all my driftwood except the one I soaked in hot water for days.
I boiled my driftwood until I melted a burner (oopsie). I still got this stuff on it. It went away and my apartments replaced the burner. No harm no foul.
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