newmag1659

Fish Fanatic
Joined
Jun 7, 2020
Messages
69
Reaction score
33
Location
Texas
Hi!

I have a piece of driftwood that grew driftwood fungus almost immediately about 6 weeks ago. I looked around online and was told to leave it be and it'll go away. Well, it hasn't gone away and has now appeared to spread to my plants. I also have a very thick biofilm that my 3 gardneri killifish and 6 corys won't eat, obviously. It is a 10 gallon tank that is heavily planted. Should I get some snails? I have pest snails but they aren't doing anything to help, plus I remove them whenever I see them. I love the look of mystery snails (and have some in my other tanks) but I know their bioload can be kinda big. Are nerite snails a good option? If so, how many? Would I have room for a small algae eater like a couple otos or siamese algae eaters? I would get shrimp but killis are notorious for eating them if they can fit in their mouth.

Thanks!
 

Colin_T

Fish Guru
Joined
Jan 26, 2008
Messages
26,481
Reaction score
10,581
Location
Perth, WA
Pictures?

Take the wood out and hose it off. Scoop out the remaining gunk. If it comes back on the wood, try soaking the wood in salt water for a week, then rinse with fresh water and try again.
 
OP
newmag1659

newmag1659

Fish Fanatic
Joined
Jun 7, 2020
Messages
69
Reaction score
33
Location
Texas
Pictures?

Take the wood out and hose it off. Scoop out the remaining gunk. If it comes back on the wood, try soaking the wood in salt water for a week, then rinse with fresh water and try again.
 

Attachments

  • 74903060-0CDF-4AE0-AD20-CA26CCFF2666.jpeg
    74903060-0CDF-4AE0-AD20-CA26CCFF2666.jpeg
    269 KB · Views: 48

ClownLurch

Fish Herder
Joined
Apr 21, 2020
Messages
1,396
Reaction score
1,674
Location
Just North Of London
I’m having this problem during silent cycle. Though nowhere near as bad as the above pic.
Two roots from one shop been ok then I added another from a different shop. The last I’ve scrubbed, hosed down and poured boiling water over yet it’s returned. I’ve thrown it away now.
Unfortunately the nearest root to it in the tank has now started showing signs. I’ve scrubbed and hosed and poured boiling water on this one now. If it comes back I’ll do it again then soak in saltwater for a week as advised.
 

Wills

Moderator
Staff member
Moderator
Global Moderator
Joined
Jun 15, 2009
Messages
8,274
Reaction score
1,838
Location
East Yorks
I too have this issue at the moment in a new tank - but weirdly wood that was soaked and used years ago, it was dried out and then I've put it into my new tank now.

Although unsightly it is safe for the fish and inhabitants. You could try shrimp, I've heard they will pick at it? Alternatively, have you tried scrubbing it in tank with a toothbrush and syphoning out the debris, your filter will help pick some of it up too?

Wills
 
OP
newmag1659

newmag1659

Fish Fanatic
Joined
Jun 7, 2020
Messages
69
Reaction score
33
Location
Texas
I too have this issue at the moment in a new tank - but weirdly wood that was soaked and used years ago, it was dried out and then I've put it into my new tank now.

Although unsightly it is safe for the fish and inhabitants. You could try shrimp, I've heard they will pick at it? Alternatively, have you tried scrubbing it in tank with a toothbrush and syphoning out the debris, your filter will help pick some of it up too?

Wills
I’m about to move a few hours away on Saturday, so when I do that, I’m planning to scrub everything really, really well and hope it goes away. If not, I’ll get rid of the piece I have and try something else. Either way I think I’m in the market for some nerite snails for the biofilm.
 

Most reactions

trending

Members online

Top