White Fungus/algae On Driftwood?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by XenoMarc, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. XenoMarc

    XenoMarc Valued Member Member

    I am currently cycling my 240 litre tank with neon tetras (which I explained in my other thread) and some white fungus/algae has grown on the spider wood.
    Will it harm the fish?
    Will the bubbles in it be full of gases like ammonia?
    Will it possibly contain diseases (like neon Tetra disease), microbes or parasites?
    Please reply.
    Thank you.

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  2. Todd Beasley

    Todd Beasley New Member Member

    Don't worry about it. The fungus is common with new driftwood. It wont harm the fish, and some will even munch on it. If it bothers you, boiling the driftwood for a while before adding it to the tank should eliminate the issue.
  3. KimberlyG

    KimberlyG Fishlore VIP Member

    Totally normal for driftwood. It will stop eventually. You have a lot so I would take it out and brush it off under hot water. I have never heard of it harming fish. I haven't had a problem.
  4. Fanatic

    Fanatic Fishlore VIP Member

    I never got those fungal growths. But now I seem to be getting them :eek:
  5. Herkimur

    Herkimur Well Known Member Member

    I had the exact same thing happening to my spider wood.
    I took it out, rubbed it off with my hands under hot water and stuck it back in the aquarium.
  6. BottomDweller

    BottomDweller Fishlore VIP Member

    Ive got the same thing happening in my betta tank, the fish seems fine. I wouldn't worry about it.
  7. TySabol

    TySabol Valued Member Member

    You could pick up some amano shrimps, I had the same thing and my shrimps ate it up pretty fast. They won't bother your neons at all and are a pretty good cleaning crew.
  8. OP

    XenoMarc Valued Member Member

    On the fungal growths, they have bubbles in them and they often float to the surface. Do you think the bubbles may harm the fish or contain any poisonous gases?
  9. TySabol

    TySabol Valued Member Member

    Mine did the same thing when I added two new pieces , I just kept up with my normal water changes while the shrimps ate it up and nothing bad ever happened. That growth is pretty common with new driftwood pieces

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