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    SCAPE Member SCAPEr Sasquatch's Avatar
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    Anyone know what this ghostly thing is?

    Not sure if this is algae or something else. I've never seen anything like it in a tank.

    This is in my newly set up Paludarium. It's only been up and running for about 2 weeks and currently only has one plant in it.

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    It is fungus from the wood. Almost all woods create this film when they first get submersed in water. It is harmless, and if you have any amanos, nerites or other algae eating fish they will clear it up for you. You can always try removing it yourself as well.
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    100% agree with Johnny... it was constantly leeched with the introduction of spider wood in my tank... harmless, and eventually stopped...I did however experience a bad smell with it...just kept siphoned it off... not sure it help, or it was just time passing, but a couple of times I removed the wood, did a good scrub, sprayed h2o2 all over and sun dried... may have been psychological- but seemed to help... none of the animals in my tanks seemed to touch it...

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    Appreciate the feedback and trust it 100%. However, its just weird because that wood was in my last tank (same 5g) with no issues, then sat on my counter until I put it back in the 5g after the rebuild. Guess the fungus could've happened from sitting out?

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    I think it all depends how long it was in your last tank...I’ve never experienced it from drift wood, only softer wood not previously submerged for a significant period - it was explained to me that the substance is from sap within the wood - as it is exhausted, it disappears... it can “decompose” however being organic - causing the smell I experienced... I’m afraid I don’t have a scientific explanation but It did eventually go away, never coming back...

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    If you had it out of the tank for a long enough period of time for it to dry out it could've picked up some airborne fungi spores. I had this with a piece of manzanita, I believe my apple snail may have eaten it.

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