Driftwood Turning White - What Is Happening?

  1. Oliver5672

    Oliver5672 Well Known Member Member

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    I added in a piece of driftwood into my tank which currently has no fish in it but the driftwood has started turning white in places and there seems to be a cobweb like structure on some of the branches. What is happening???
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    These are the white patches
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    These are the cobwebs if you can see them, sorry about picture quality.
     

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    Probably just fungus. It's normal and will go away on its own eventually or you can let some shrimp have at it :)
     

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    Ok I thought the patches would be fungus but I wasn't sure about the cobwebs, thanks
     
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    Just two more questions
    1 is it harmful to fish?
    2 if I clean it off will it grow back?
     
  5. ChrisTX

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    That is happening to mine as well. Unfortunately, my fish are also growing it...treating with Pimafix . My shrimp (4 ghosts, 3 Cherry, 6 Amano) won't touch it.
     
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    My driftwood that's in with my Betta is growing that and it hasn't spread or gotten on my Betta at all. I do not know what it is though. [​IMG]
     
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    If it does spread on to fish ill make sure I've cleaned it and that its not growing back before I add any fish
     
  8. maggie thecat

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    You can take the wood out of the tank and boil it for an hour. That will kill most things dead and leach a goodly amount of tannins from it as well.
     
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    Oliver5672

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    I've already boiled and my lfs wood is preboiled, I'll try scrubbing it and if it grows back I'll look into some other options
     
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    It tends to grow back when you clean it off, at least mine did the first time I used driftwood. Now I just let it do its thing.
     

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    How long does it take to die off by itself?
     
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    Maybe a week or two? My shrimp usually make short work of it but the one tank I have some in that doesn't have shrimp still has very little and it's been in there about a week.
     
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    Ok I'll leave it for a couple of weeks then
     
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    All cleared up now thanks everyone
     
  15. katiemorrison94

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    What type of shrimp will eat it because i have that on my driftwood too.
     
  16. DanB80TTS

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    Neo's usually do
     
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    Not sure on that one, I'd imagine so though.
     
  19. katiemorrison94

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    My snail starting eating it before I could even try the ghost shrimp. Who knew!?

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