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Old 09-25-2010, 08:48 PM   #1 
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What IS that algae?

So I just gave Whiskey a 50% water change. While I was rooting around in his tank I happened to graze his driftwood. There's this stuff growing on it that feels and looks like wool and is dark brown/black. So what is it? It's only on the wood. The rest of the tank is clear of it. I took it out but I was curious. Here's a pic:

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Old 09-25-2010, 09:55 PM   #2 
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You sure its not the wood itself? It could be rotting...
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Old 09-25-2010, 10:10 PM   #3 
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I really don't know. I'm thinking now it might be some kind of fungus. The water was really, really smelly. I did a 75% water change. Bleh! I'll do another change tomorrow. It smelled like something burning.
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Old 09-25-2010, 10:20 PM   #4 
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its hard to tell when its not in the water. Do you have a pic of it in the water?
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Old 09-25-2010, 10:24 PM   #5 
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No, I took it right out. It looked just like wool or carpet and it felt that way too. It was soft, springy and fuzzy.
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Old 09-25-2010, 10:27 PM   #6 
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Driftwood sometimes will grow a fungus on it when first put in a tank, but this tends to looks more like snot then dark brown wool like. Could be something that is similar though. Is the piece newish or has it been in the tank awhile?

A dark brown algae looking substance is often a diatom bloom, but this typically would be growing all over your tank.
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I have/had diatoms in all my tanks so I know it wasn't that. The driftwood is probably 7 months old. I have it in a 5 gallon planted hex. I took it out and scrubbed it of diatoms maybe 3 months ago with just hot water.
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eeeuuuwww! It sounds gress! lol
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It was completely repulsive. It smelled like burnt hair or burnt appliance. Bleh! I think it was the wood getting funky, since it's nowhere else in the tank. FUNKY!
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Look up-Green beard algae (GBA) (often seen on wood) and black beard algae (BBA) and see if they look anything like what you have, however, when I hear "smelly" the first thing I think of is bacteria or BGA- cyanobacteria-did it wipe away easy or does it seem to be stuck to the wood? It is hard to tell by the pic since you took it out of the water, but most likely an algae of some type and harmless on the most part.
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