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Old 01-20-2010, 10:44 AM   #1
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Driftwood with Scum

I have a 6 gal Fluval Edge fish tank that has been running for 10 days. I have a Betta in there with a Cory Catfish. I bought some driftwood from Petsmart and after soaking it for 4-5 days I put it in. Now there seems to be a scum layer forming. Any suggestions?

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Old 01-20-2010, 10:50 AM   #2
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Describe the scum.
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Wow, Flushing thats about 50 mintues south of me
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Thanks for the reply. It is a whiteish scum about 3mm think that is growing on the driftwood.
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if it looks like snot, its completely normal... search through the threads here and you'll see a thread almost every week asking about it
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It is normal on most pieces of driftwood but if you have grapewood then it is an indicator that the wood is rotting. Only reason I say this is because I bought a piece of driftwood at Petco or smart, one of the big chains... boiled it and soaked it for weeks. Added it to my tank and about a week later it started to break apart and foul up my water. Just a FYI.
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I've had this snot scum on driftwood as well so I removed it from my tank right away. Mine grew overnight and it was a thick, flowy mass of the stuff. Why is that common / what is it? How do you get rid of that because it looks awful.
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it will go away after a while, some fish will eat is also.
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My Malaysian driftwood had 'the scum' for a few weeks after I put it in my tank. It went away on its own, unlike the grapewood which only got worse.
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Yep.. I had it also.
Took about 1 to 2 months, but eventually went away. Fish were nibbling at it and never grew back.
Looks bad, feels bad.. no clue what it is.. or was.
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