New Tank Driftwood Issue

Discussion in 'Driftwood' started by Lentosh, May 19, 2018.

  1. Lentosh

    LentoshNew MemberMember

    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 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

    FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    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.
  3. OP

    LentoshNew MemberMember

    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

    ChuthuluFishWell Known MemberMember

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

    psalm18.2Fishlore LegendMember

  6. OP

    LentoshNew MemberMember

    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

    psalm18.2Fishlore LegendMember

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

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