Curing driftwood

Carissa

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I have a nice piece of driftwood that I love. However, it constantly grows bba like crazy. I can take it out and bleach it, and within a week, you wouldn't even know I had done anything with it. Any tips on 1. killing bba for good and 2. curing driftwood so it doesn't grow bba? It's not in bright light, in fact I now have it as far from the light as I can get it. Also I don't have bba issues in this tank now, it's only this driftwood that seems to grow it at this point.
 

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My wood is clean even under high light with HQI MH's.
Some tanks have shrimp, others have none.

I do have good CO2 and rubber nose plecos.
There's nothing you can do to prevent algae from growing on wood in some curing routine.

It needs to be in tank.

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VaughnH

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Is it possible that the plecos are responsible for the algae free drift wood? My wood also attracts BBA, even though my drop checker stays yellow all day, I have very good water circulation, no big plant mass obstructions, and the light intensity is pretty low now. But, I have never had plecos. If Plecos are an answer I will certainly look into getting a couple.
 

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The only place I've ever really had BBA is on the plastic parts of my filter system sitting in my tank. If I cleaned these parts more often than every 6 months, I probably wouldn't even get that.

I have only "mopani" type driftwood in my tanks. That stuff can sit out in the full light for months and has never had an inkling of algae. I have no plecos, so if I had to guess: My nerite snails spend quite a bit of time on my driftwood -- they may be doing the job for me. This is in both CO2 (high light) and non-CO2 (low light) tanks. I personally only need about 1 nerite per 10G or so, which is fairly light stocking. They will also keep your glass sparkling clear. I have a 10G non-CO2 that gets direct sun at times during the day. My glass was turning nice and green at one point, pretty much everywhere ... put a few nerites in there, and it was gone in a few days and stayed gone.

I also have Otos, which I believe get many algaes before you even see them -- they seem to get the algaes at the invisible "scum" stage. I haven't seen the Otos spend much time on the driftwood, however. I'm not sure, but these things (mine, at least) may be nocturnal -- they are staying healthy, but I almost never see them doing anything but hanging there.
 

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Rubber nose plecos seem very good cleaners to me and can handle more abuse than shrimp, Otto cats etc.

They will not rid a BBA issue already there, but might help to prevent new BBa from attaching.

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Tom,

I've always wanted to get one pleco for each of my tanks. Problem is, I have this vision of some 12" monster in my little tanks. What's a good (not-so-expensive, say under $20) species for smaller (20G to 29G) tanks? If there were a little 2" dwarf pleco, all of my tanks would have one already.