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Old 03-08-2011, 12:24 AM   #1 
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Slimey build up on driftwood after 3 days, what??!!

What is this stuff?? There is a slimey filmey layer of stuff built up on my driftwood after only a few days!
What is it! I have live plants... Will it hurt my betta, there is alot, what it is!?!?

(10 gallon, filtered, heated tank..)

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Old 03-08-2011, 12:42 AM   #2 
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What colour is it? Pictures? Did you rinse and soak the driftwood before you put it in?

Chanches are it's just algae or nitrifying bacteria. I would take it out and rinse it under some hot water and put it back. See if the film comes back.
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Old 03-08-2011, 12:44 AM   #3 
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Don't worry it's harmless, even if it does look unsightly. Most new wood introduced into a tank will form a layer of white or clear fungus. It disappears on its own after a week or so, although added water circulation from something like a filter and boiling wood prior to submerging it, does seem to help.

I think shrimp, and some kinds of fish like Mollies like picking at it.
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Old 03-08-2011, 12:58 AM   #4 
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I got paranoid and did a 40% water change and vacc'ed alot fo the nasties up.
That happened today.. it wasnt there this morning.
Didnt want to go to work tomorrow and come home to god knows what >_<
aaah

& yes i soaked/rinsed everything in super hot water beforehand.

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Old 03-08-2011, 02:13 PM   #5 
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You can remove it, you can scrub it, you can curse at it.. it will come back. Trust me on this one.
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:11 PM   #6 
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You can remove it, you can scrub it, you can curse at it.. it will come back. Trust me on this one.
gwaaarrr

will it hurt my betta though??
it doesn't seem to have come back at all since i removed the bunch last night but i'll keep watching it...
will it ALWAYS be there or eventually regulate and stop?
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Old 03-08-2011, 11:56 PM   #7 
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No it won't hurt your betta, otherwise my newest male would have died by now. It is completely normal. Just ugly.
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Old 03-09-2011, 10:46 AM   #8 
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I will not hurt the fish. I thought my snail or the two lazy ghost shrimp would take care of it but nope, no luck.
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Old 03-09-2011, 12:49 PM   #9 
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It will not hurt your fish. My cories and platies ate the stuff on my driftwood lol.
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:41 PM   #10 
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sigh..
so my only hope is to put a group of cories in o.O ?
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