New Tank Driftwood Issue

  1. Lentosh

    Lentosh New Member Member

    Hi there, am new to the site and trying to learn as much as possible!

    I recently got a fluval 2.6 gallon (spec 3) (small I know) - I'm using the original filter, took out the carbon and added more ceramic rings, I put a little Hydor Theo heater in the back, the substrate is fluval stratum and I've added marina mopani driftwood, java fern and anubias barteri. I used 40% water from my other tank and 60% new temperature-matched water with some tetra aquasafe.

    I added the substrate, plants and driftwood yesterday, it looked great! Now there's this white misty stuff on the driftwood - I've seen green and brown algae before...is this new algae? What can I do to sort it out?

    I read that driftwood can leak tannins into the water and turn it brown, that a way to avoid this was soak it for a long time and boil it to get tannins out - so I did boil it on and off for 3 days and change the water around (my boyfriend thought I'd gone mad when he saw driftwood on the hob!) - have I ruined it somehow, overcooked driftwood?

    There are no fish in there currently, I have a test kit on the way - should be here on Monday. Any help would be much appreciated!
     

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  2. Fanatic

    Fanatic Fishlore VIP Member

    It's just a fungus that grows on new driftwood, do not worry it's harmless.
    You can allow it to die off in a few weeks or boil it to remove it.
     
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    Lentosh

    Lentosh New Member Member

    Oh great, thanks!

    Can you foresee any problems with the tank I've set up? I've never done a planted one before and would really like to make it work!
     
  4. ChuthuluFish

    ChuthuluFish Well Known Member Member

    I don’t think theres any problems. What are you stocking?
     
  5. psalm18.2

    psalm18.2 Fishlore Legend Member

    Looking good. I love my spec 3. Watch your pH with the fluval stratum and driftwood.
     
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    Lentosh

    Lentosh New Member Member

    Thanks for the replies! No stock yet - am open to recommendations? I'm tempted for a Betta after all the hype...

    How would I fix the pH if the driftwood and stratum lower it too much?
     
  7. psalm18.2

    psalm18.2 Fishlore Legend Member

    I used crushed coral to regulate mine. I replaced the carbon with coral in the media compartment.