Driftwood issue

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  1. johan008

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    Hi everyone

    It's been a while ...hope this in the correct section.

    I got some grapevine and is busy soaking it. I noticed some white fluffy stuff all over them. I know someone recently posted something similar but I can't find the post.

    Can someone maybe tell me what it is or direct me to the post or what I can do20181207_174945.jpg .

    The piece is not in a tank nor is there any fish it's just a container where I am growing some plants until they are strong enough to go to my tank.

    I do daily water changes to clear the tannis.
     
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  3. andries

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    It's a fungus and quite harmless.
     
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    Agree with @andries Its like a fungus from sugars being released from the wood and its harmless

    In time it does stop doing that
    You can give the wood a good scrub now and then while its still doing this but it does eventually stop
    Some fish actually eat it.
    My Flagtail used to clean it all up when mine were doing that
     
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    Thank you for the replies,

    I was worried that I would not be able to use it. I will give them a good scrub today and see if it returns.
     
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    Boiling the wood also helps ;)
     
  7. TetraJacques

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    Don't boil driftwood. You burn the fibers inside the wood meaning it rots quicker. Just soak it in hot (not boiling) water and use seachem prime. And also grapevine in not really good driftwood for aquariums,
    please read this http://injaf.org/articles-guides/general-guides/guide-to-aquarium-wood/

    I don't want to tell you what or how you should do things, its just a precaution. We all here to learn and I have done a lot of research on driftwood
    as I wanted to collect my own but I have also gone against that idea.
     
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    Interesting read.
    It's a pity that most interwebs articles showcase either European or American wood.
    What about us?
    Does anyone want to do an in-depth article for African wood suitable for aquariums?
     
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    Would be very interesting if someone did or could do that. I have many times gone an hunted the streams near by looking for driftwood and I always end up with nice pieces but end up never using is as I don't want to kill my fish.
     

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