Is moldy driftwood usable?

sydrc

i had this driftwood soaking to get it waterlogged and ready for the tank, then decided that i needed to sand down some parts to make it safer for the fish. so i let it dry out so i can do that, but when i checked on it a week later it had green and white mold. is this unsafe to use now? even after cleaning and soaking? another issue is, when i soak the driftwood the very tip of it sticks out of the water. so even if i scrub the mold it has a chance of growing back on that spot. any advice is appreciated, thank you.
 

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SM1199

Would I feel comfortable putting moldy driftwood into an aquarium? No... I don't have a scientifically based reason for it, especially since I believe it wouldn't harm fish, but it's unsightly and would likely eventually flake off into the tank and make a mess.

The only problem here is that it didn't fully dry out when you left it out. Scrub off the mold with a toothbrush, rinse it off, let it get waterlogged again and then it'll be all set. If some grows back on the tip while you're waterlogging it, just scrub and rinse again and put it into the tank.
 

A201

Mold & fungus typically grow on new driftwood. It's temporary & is usually harmless.
 

Fisch

Wet and out of the water, yes, you may get mold as wood is still organic material.
Scrub it, cook it again. When the tip sticks out, turn the piece of wood around and cook it a bit longer.
 

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