Black Fuzz On Driftwood In New Set Up.

Haasume

Hello,

I know that white fuzz is nothing to worry about and some of the driftwood in this tank has white fuzz. What concerns me is the large amount of black fuzz. I have had this tank up for 4 days and have been using prime with stability (no fish) ( I know its a waste). Water temp is around 79 degrees and pH is 7.6, its a 125 gallon aquarium. All driftwood was power washed thoroughly to remove any mud or bark. The pieces of wood small enough to fit have been put in the oven on 250 degrees for 4 hours twice and then soaked for a month. While the very large pieces have been soaking in a clean plastic barrel of clean tap water for 2 months. I changed the water every week power washed the wood before placing in the tank.
Do I need to be concerned about this black fuzz? Do I need to soak it longer or just take it out and scrub it off? I was going to put some severums in this tank tonight until I saw the black fuzz. I have seen other posts about this black fuzz but they all just end up with members arguing over different opinions and no real definitive answers were given. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you
Justin
 

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Sophari

I believe it is just a type of algae. I’ve read about this in the past, and outcomes have always gone one of two ways - the algae either comes and goes alike the white fuzz does, or it spreads to the entire tank. Honestly it’s nothing to worry about it’s completely natural, but there’s also no harm in scrubbing it off if you don’t like the appearance.
 

hillbilly aquatics

Hey there, it looks like black hair alge. As mensioned above it is known to spread. My 1st set up I learned that the time the light is on in the tank plays a large part in growth. I cut time down to 8 to 10 rs a day on a timer and put plants in to take the nutrients that was causing the alge growth on top. The alge is just takin the junk from the water and cleaning it same as a plant would
 

hillbilly aquatics

Eventually the plants get established and the alge dies off. L.r brets on YouTube has a chemical treatment also
 

Haasume

OK thank you everyone for your responses.. I just pulled them out an power washed the out of all the driftwood. I a soaking it overnight and I will put it back in tomorrow.
 

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