Spider wood fungus

jamesde

I have a piece of spider wood in my tank I’m doing a fishless cycle in.

it’s constantly growing a white fungal substance.

it’s this harmful to the cycle process or when I put them in, fish?

or is it best to remove the wood and soak it in a bucket with a heater in it?

Is that fungal a continual thing with this wood? As I’ve removed it once already and scrubbed it off and within a couple days it’s grown back.

I’ve been told fish eat the fungal stuff, is this true?

many thanks
James
 

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AggressiveAquatics

It’s just slime stuff that’s normal. When you first add wood to a tank it will do that. And shrimp snails and some fish will eat it
 
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jamesde

It’s just slime stuff that’s normal. When you first add wood to a tank it will do that. And shrimp snails and some fish will eat it
So it’s harmless and I can just leave the wood in the tank?
 
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AggressiveAquatics

So it’s harmless and I can just leave the wood in the tank?
Yeah it’s completely harmless. If you don’t like it just keep scrubbing it off till it doesn’t come back. But snails do the best job getting it off if you don’t feel like scrubbing it off lol.
 
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Honem

That happened with all of my new driftwood when I put it into my tank! It doesn't mess with the cycle nor does it harm anything in the tank. Snails and shrimp seem to enjoy it, but I don't know about the fish. It won't hurt them, I just don't know if they'll eat it. My wood was absolutely covered with the stuff and it was about a centimeter worth of film protruding from it. It started falling off about one or two months later and when I took it out to clean the wood the stuff never came back. If you don't want it there I've found that you can just take it out and wipe/rub it off. This also happened with pre-boiled wood.
 
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Bunkerchunk

My mopani wood looked like a chia pet when I first put it in my aquarium. After I got some mystery snails it was gone within a week...
 
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jamesde

That happened with all of my new driftwood when I put it into my tank! It doesn't mess with the cycle nor does it harm anything in the tank. Snails and shrimp seem to enjoy it, but I don't know about the fish. It won't hurt them, I just don't know if they'll eat it. My wood was absolutely covered with the stuff and it was about a centimeter worth of film protruding from it. It started falling off about one or two months later and when I took it out to clean the wood the stuff never came back. If you don't want it there I've found that you can just take it out and wipe/rub it off. This also happened with pre-boiled wood.
I’ve got bogwood in there too but that seems fine, didn’t happen with my Mopani in my other tank either. Maybe I was lucky
 
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DoubleDutch

Spiderwood in fact is young wood (roote of an azelea). This is perfectly normal and indeed harmless.
 
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