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Old 06-25-2013, 09:49 AM   #1
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Odd growth on dw

Can anyone tell me what this weird stuff growing on my mopani driftwood is? If the pic isn't good enough, I'd describe the growth as like a clear gelatin-like membrane. Also, how can I remove it? Tank only has live plants no fish or shrimp yet
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:34 AM   #3
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Bacteria, it's normal and will go away in a few days
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I think it's a fungus.


It can occur if the wood isn't fully dead before its added to the tank.

The fungus feeds on decaying organic matter and it will run itself out.

You can try boiling the wood if there isn't anything attached to it.
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Is the wood new and how did you prep it for your aquarium?
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Yeah it's new and I boiled it and soaked it for 3-4ish days.
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It's defiantly bacteria, (any fungus or algae would have died after you boiled it) just be patient it will go away on its own.
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It's defiantly bacteria, (any fungus or algae would have died after you boiled it) just be patient it will go away on its own.
The fungus can grow after wood has been boiled as far as I know.

It could be caused by insects that are on the wood rotting away etc.
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Can anyone tell me what this weird stuff growing on my mopani driftwood is? If the pic isn't good enough, I'd describe the growth as like a clear gelatin-like membrane. Also, how can I remove it? Tank only has live plants no fish or shrimp yet
I have the same/similar membrane developing on my heater. I have heard from a few people that "it is bacteria or algae, and it is harmless." I'm not sure if that's true, but that's what I've heard. I had it in develop in my tank before, (it comes and goes for me) and I only had gravel in the tank so I doubt it's fungus or anything like that.
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I have the same/similar membrane developing on my heater. I have heard from a few people that "it is bacteria or algae, and it is harmless." I'm not sure if that's true, but that's what I've heard. I had it in develop in my tank before, (it comes and goes for me) and I only had gravel in the tank so I doubt it's fungus or anything like that.
Is there a chance you're an overfeeder? That would cause it to grow too.
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Its perfectly harmless. If it bothers you then you can use a turkey baster to suck it out which is what I did. When I had it growing it took about 2 months for it to go away.
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Is there a chance you're an overfeeder? That would cause it to grow too.
Nothing in there to feed yet
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Nothing in there to feed yet
Well now there is, but my point was that it had happened to me before I had anything to feed.
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