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Driftwood Fungus


Dec 8, 2010
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Hi everyone,
I setup this 10 gallon tank about 2-3 weeks ago. I tied willow moss to the wood, placed in the tank and planted dwarf hairgrass and AR mini at the same time. I noticed white fuzzy growth on the wood that I had seen before in my other tank and thought it was just fungus that grows on the new wood and would go away on its own. This time it covered most of the moss and spread across the tank. It also grew on the glass as long thin strings. 
To make the long story short, I took the wood and the plants out of the tank, cleaned well and replanted. I also added some amano shrimp and a zebra nerite to the tank since I thought it might be an algae growth with no major improvement. Now it is brown in color and does not go away.
Here are my specs:
Ammonia: 0.5 ppm
Nitrite and nitrate minimal (tank still cycling prob)
Phosphate 0
KH 124 (per water company)
Substrate: Sand
Aqueon 10 gallon filter w carbon
Dosing w Excel, Flourish (smaller dose than recommended bc of shrimps), Stability (bacteria)
Added airstone ~4 days ago for better circulation
Does anyone know how to get rid of it without tearing the tank apart? I know it is supposed to eat up all the dead plant/cellulose matter and die off but it looks like it's not planning to go away any time soon. The last photo is the most recent; the rest are about 4 days old.
Many thanks in advance