I put a new piece of driftwood in my tank a couple days ago when I planted it. It had been boiled a couple weeks prior, in anticipation of planting. Well, now, a lot of the new piece seems to be covered in a white cloud, I'm assuming fungus. None of the fish seem bothered. What can I do about it?
You boiled the piece. But was it completely dry after boiled?
If not, this kind of fungus can occur. In that case, you have to keep the piece out of tank and completely heat and dry on sunlight. Until the surface looks like matchstick.
Hope this helps.
Yeah, it dried for about 2 weeks. I have been told on another forum that it is normal and harmless and will go away with time.
If this is the new set-up that you recently posted a pic of, then, very nicely done!
I've had the same fungus in the past and it went away, but it came off in blobs. It was totaly harmless and I found it clinging to my filter in-take, just scoup it up! Maybe scrape it off the wood I don't think that could hurt.
@kristin:do not be bothered about the coat on the driftwood...if you have corys or plecos then they will eat them...
iv had this happen before, its nothing to worry about. just rinse it off it may come back one or two times but that should be it. i think its something to do with the protines and tannis leaching out of the wood and going stale, but from what iv seen, its harmless.
infact, just for abit of fun....do me a favour, take the driftwood with this stuff on it, out of the tank and have a good sniff of it then let me know what you think hahaha
You may have managed to boil out some sugars, which are a component of wood sap. The sugars may be feeding a fungus or making alcohol. Either way, please let us know what it smells like, but don't get too close to it.
Yeah, not so sure I want to sniff the stuff...
spoil sport lol. its not a nice smell, its possibly better that you didn't smell it after all lol
Today, I noticed two things. THe first thing is that the wood is bi-colored (I knew that), and the fungus is only growing on one of the two colors. The second is that there was a moderately sized spot, maybe 3 square inches, completely free of the fungus, with a big ol' pond snail sitting in the midddle of the clean spot, guilty as could be. I thought it was kinda cute, I'm hoping the others will catch on.
Please donot take any chances with fungus or what ever that is cropping up in your bog wood .
Take two table spoons of PP and dissolve it in 5 liters of water completely immerse the bog wood in the solution and leave it for 12 hours take it out wash thoroughly with fresh water to remove any traces of PP then use it in your tank.
Hope this problem will never surface again
What is PP and do you have to boil the driftwood you purchase at Petco or Petsmart? I'm interested, because I'm going to need driftwood for a plecostomus. I have purchased a piece but have not done anything to it.
Please don't reply to old threads. If you have any questions, making a new thread will get them answered quicker.
To answer this question though, any driftwood you buy should be boiled and soaked until it stops turning the water brown. I'm not sure what PP is, but don't worry about it. The fungus that grows on new driftwood is harmless and will go away on its own.
pp= potassium permanganate, available at your local chemist.
no joke, smells horrible!! Gag a maggot, good thing the fish can't smell... heh
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I had this happen to me and it smelled like some thing had die in my tank and i had no fish in tank at time
so i took out my 18 dollar drift wood
What do i do?
This is an old thread but I'm glad I found it.
Fungus on driftwood does smell horrific, doesn't it! Clean off the driftwood -- removing as much as the fungus as possible with hot water only -- NO SOAP or other disenfecant. Then boil the driftwood for an hour or so. Change the water in your tank and replace the driftwood.
Should clear up your problem. If the tank still smells bad, you can add activated charcoal to your filtration system and it will clean it up.
Ive found that if you put a couple of pesky little pond snails on your piece of driftwood, that the will scoff the fungus in a couple of days.
Thank you all for help