@Blackheart, have you been changing out the water often? Stagnant water can get to smelling bad. The white slime is common and harmless, certain fish even like to eat it, inverts like it as well. From what I hear the white slime is little organisms, not sure what kind exactly, but rest assured they are harmless and just unsightly. The livestock will dine on the little organisms in the white slime.
I remember your post of the wood, and it does seem dried out/dead long enough to be used in aquariums.
Am I the only one that doesn't get excessive tannins or white slime?
I get ZooMed Mopani and it only leeches tannins for a week, I just change the water everyday. It gets white slime very very little (I do have algae eaters, but regardless, compared to others white slime I have seen, mine is very minimal).
My Malaysian and Manzanita wood gets very little white slime as well and leech very little tannins (only need to change water in 5 gallon bucket every day for 3-5 days). And I never boil or pour boiling water over my wood, just luke warm 5 gallon bucket soaks (my pieces take up most of the 5gal bucket so they aren't small)
I'm just wondering if something in our water plays a role in the amount of tannins and slime. Tannins obviously being the sap of the wood so not so sure, does drier wood = less tannins?
I know heat plays a role in leeching more tannins, as I observed when using a heater during a salt and heat treatment, tannins leeched out.
But wondering if something in our water sources grows the white slim more or draws out more tannins for longer. Because I don't have these problems nearly as bad. Maybe it's just the source my wood comes from. I don't know.