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Old 03-23-2010, 09:53 AM   #1
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White Mold-like substance on Live Rock

Due to my porcupine puffer, I have been unable to keep any cleaners in my tank. I had been told to get the rock to help maintain balances in my tank. Unfortunately most of the life on the rock is gone - with only two small orange corals and a clam. The puffer ate the rest. I had a large outbreak of seaweed, although after ripping most off, scrubbing the rest, it is nearly gone.

But, now, I have what appears to be a cloudy white mold-like substance. It does not look like actual coral growth - looks just like the mold you would find on food left in the fridge too long.

Can't find anything to explain what this might be. Anyone have an idea?
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Old 03-23-2010, 10:14 AM   #2
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I had white moldy looking stuff growing on mine too. I had LR and lace or base rock but it mainly grew on the lace rock when I first started my tank. I talked to my lfs and he said to try the pincushion urchin becuase he will clean the rocks. The white stuff is gone now but I dont know if urchins are compatible with puffers.
Also, I reduced the time that the lights were on to less then 6 hours. good luck.
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Old 03-23-2010, 11:38 AM   #4
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I would agree with sponges. I`ve had them and still do. A Pic would work wonders.
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:49 PM   #5
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Would it be anything like this?
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Old 03-26-2010, 11:03 AM   #6
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Carla...

Yes, looks like your slime stuff...

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Old 03-26-2010, 05:38 PM   #7
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When I saw the slim I "googled" but couldn't find anything other than someone saying that she had slim growing on her rocks and when she pulled the rocks out the slim slid off into the water so...I called the LFS where I bought the base rock and they told me that it was a fungus and to just wipe it off and it would be ok. But I decided that I would try to bring the rocks up out of the tank by putting them into a bowl that I lowered into the water and "carefully" lifted them out. It worked. No slim was left in my tank. Now that rocks are outside. I'll probably clean them up and try them later on. But now I do wonder what wound have happened it I'd left them alone ??
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must be slightly different in this case then... since it won't slide off on its own. it isn't so much slimy as... feathery mold looking stuff... like a very thick spider web
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I tihnk it would be a sponge then. A picture helps us tremendously though.
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