It’s The Fuzz!

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Hi there,

In my planted Fluval Spec 5, currently housing a single betta, I noticed this brown, hairy stuff growing on the plants and driftwood.

The substrate is the Aquasolum Black Humate.

It comes out with water changes, but I’m curious what it is, and how to keep it at bay.

The piece of wood is the trickiest. Thinking about taking that out and boiling it or something.

Pics are before the Saturday water change (lots of it), and just a few moments ago (Monday night, less of it).

Sorry for the floating dwarf sag! Darn thing keeps popping up after I get it settled!
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Thanks for your help!

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String algae. How long are your lights on each day? Also watch out with the anubias and java fern, they'll die if they stay buried in substrate. They do better attached to rock and driftwood.
 

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Driftwood will do this, you can take it out and scrub it off until it naturally resolves it (mystery snails eat it).
 
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Thanks everyone, for the feedback! I double-checked my lights and took them down from 6.5 hours to 4.5 hours. I also did a deep clean this weekend - 40% water change, pulled out the plants, rock and driftwood and gave them a good scrub in warm water, and put everything back (after attaching the anubias to the rock and driftwood with a zip tie and push pin).

Hopefully, this will give a nice fresh start and it won't come back too badly.

As far as the snails, I wondering if a mystery snail would be too big in a 5 gallon with a betta. Maybe nerite?
 

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ComicsPop said:
Thanks everyone, for the feedback! I double-checked my lights and took them down from 6.5 hours to 4.5 hours. I also did a deep clean this weekend - 40% water change, pulled out the plants, rock and driftwood and gave them a good scrub in warm water, and put everything back (after attaching the anubias to the rock and driftwood with a zip tie and push pin).

Hopefully, this will give a nice fresh start and it won't come back too badly.

As far as the snails, I wondering if a mystery snail would be too big in a 5 gallon with a betta. Maybe nerite?
Nerite will be better if your betta can tolerate it. Mystery snails get golf ball sized and pretty quickly, most nerite snails barely reach an inch in length.
 
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