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Driftwood/bogwood problems: tiny black spots & opaque slime coat cover.....

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by kiddjam, Feb 14, 2012.

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    Little Critters Trying To Help Out, Finding Work Can Be Hard These Days


    Hi,

    The white stuff is the product of bacterial action
    :eek: the black spots are likely bacterial colonies.:wink-new:

    If you pull the wood out to clean it and it stinks, especially when you wipe it and it feels somewhat slimy it is definitely bacterial action.
    :encouragement:

    The would wasn’t properly cleaned and prepared.

    It will not really hurt anything, just consuming excess nutrients. It may even be saving you from a nasty cyanobacteria outbreak later.
    :)

    If the stuff doesn't stink you may have something interesting...
    :cower:

    Biollante
     
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    two tanks have woods,
    tank A has wood with slime, they used to be clean, but when dried out and put them back. the slime strikes in.
    tank B has wood with black spots, it seems did not bother by bristlenose pleco, nor the small otto.

    how to properly process them? I meant I bought these from some local redneck fish store whom never bother to feel shame about ripe your pocket empty with their irrational price tag and dirt cheap quality stuff which they never cover warranty.....
     
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    Quarantined, Sanitized or Sterilized

    Hi,

    First there is nothing horrible happening, it is just unsightly; the wood is being cured now.
    In some cases, uncured wood can foul a tank.

    • One method of curing clean wood is just letting it soak in clean water for 3 or 4 weeks.

    If the wood is small enough you can scrub it, make sure there are no loose pieces and
    • put in a pot and boil it for an hour, cool it rinse it and it is ready to go.

    If the wood is leaching tannins cleaning then soaking for a few days (until the tannins stop leaching) in salt water (~20g/L), rinse,
    soak in clean water, rinse again.

    There are quite a few ways to cure wood for the aquarium, they all start with scrubbing (power washing is nice) and using a wire brush.
    :)

    The wood in your photo looks quite nice so boiling would be the way to go.
    :encouragement:

    Any wood, anything going into your aquariums need to be quarantined, sanitized or sterilized.
    :cower:

    Biollante

     
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    I've had it to on some wood, i was afraid i had to jank out the wood but i was lucky and it went away.
     
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    Curing is the Cure

    Hi,

    Most of the time unless there is some serious rot the wood “cures” in the aquarium.
    :)

    I notice a fair number of complaints about BGA that “seem” to relate to the addition of wood to the aquarium,

    • I think that is the next step up before completely fouling the water.
    I think vigorously brushing and/or power washing the wood prior to placing in the aquarium can usually avoid BGA and fouling the water.

    Curing the wood is still the best idea.
    :cool:

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    It's somewhat normal and goes away in every case. If you have lots of shrimp, plecos etc, it will go away rather fast.

    I think some had it for about a month without any cleaners in the tank.
     
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    What Does It Smell Like?

    Hi,

    I am pretty sure the white stuff covering the wood pictured in the original post is the product of bacterial action. The evenness and “bubble-wrap-like” structure lacking any main supports argue against, fungus or slime mold. Also slime molds are smarter.

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    Picture hijacked from WaynseWord

    [video=youtube;oBcYMByExkQ]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBcYMByExkQ[/video]


    Whatever it is the nutrients provided is the reason they are there.

    Biollante
     
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    Thanks Biollante!!

    Very informative also make a lot of sence rather than just words, those picture make me believe :)

    Kudos Biollante!!


    BUT.... I still did not post the picture of the "tiny carpet crawling black spot" stuffs on my woods......
     
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