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  • #300825

    Flutterbye
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    Sorry if this is a stupid question. The light has just come on in the tank and I have checked the fish as normal but I have noticed tiny White spots on the bog wood, could this be White spot? I have checked all the fish and they don’t have any. I have upped the temperature but what should I do now? Treat the tank for White spot, take the wood out or wait to see what happens. Any advice is very welcome.

    Kim

    #318625

    Eyrie
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    White spot would appear on the fish themselves, and resembles grains of salt. So I suspect that what you’re seeing on the wood is a fungus which you can remove.

    Increasing the tank temperature will reduce the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water, so remember to increase the surface disturbance using either the filter outlet or an airstone.

    #318626

    MatsP
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    Do NOT treat your tank for whitespot. You could, in theory treat the tank for fungus, but it’s probably better for everyone involved to take the wood out, scrub it clean, and put it back in. If you can add something like a Bristlenose Pleco, Ancistrus sp., then that will keep it clean. But this generally only happens for the first couple of weeks fo the wood being in the tank, so taking it out and cleaning it will also work.

    Avoid using medications when there isn’t a good need for it. Your fish aren’t ill (and the probably won’t make much of a difference to the fish themselves).


    Mats

    #318627

    Flutterbye
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    Thanks I didn’t want to pump the tank full of medicines if I didn’t need to. I have a BN Pleco and he is doing a really good job in the tank in fact he didn’t seem to be growing much so I have been adding more cucumber and melon than normal and introduced wafers and it seems to be growing at an alarming rate now lol. I will get the logs out tomorrow and give them a scrub and see if this helps. Thanks for the quick replies x

    #318631

    Bluedave
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    yep, agree with the above comments – whip out the wood, give it a good scrub and pop it back – voila.

    #318632

    Nomad
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    Unless it really gets out of control, I would just leave it alone. I have a log in my licorice gourami tank that looks like it has ice on it. It is just a normal fungal growth on the dead wood. There will be no harm to the fish and if you do remove and scrub it, it will just come back in about a week. Actually, it’ll be back as soon as you return the wood to the water, it’ll just take a week or so to become visible to the naked eye. As the softer outer wood decays a little and you get into harde wood, the fungal growth will disappear if it’s own accord.

    I have noticed that tanks with Otocinclus tend to clear up this type of growth much faster. I don’t know if this holds true, or if the Otos eat the fungus, but it is just a quick observation…

    You don’t mention what fish are in the tank, any chance they are eggs?

    #318633

    Nomad
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    sorry about the doubled up post, don’t know what I did, it just popped up twice /blink.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:blink:” border=”0″ alt=”blink.gif” />

    #318641

    Plaamoo
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    ^ I was thinking snail eggs?

    #318642

    MatsP
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    QUOTE (plaamoo @ Aug 30 2010, 02:57 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    ^ I was thinking snail eggs?

    Possible. If it’s “fluffy” white stuff, then it’s mould/fungus type stuff. If it’s like small grains of sand, possibly covered with slime, then it’s likely snail eggs. Either way, a good brush off will solve both of these [but snails will probably come back!]


    Mats

    #318643

    Senor Bastardo
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    Whit spots on bog wood sounds like snail eggs to me. But as MatsP said is it fluffy it´s fungus, snail eggs are rather symmetrical as well.

    #318644

    Nomad
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    QUOTE (MatsP @ Aug 31 2010, 12:24 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Possible. If it’s “fluffy” white stuff, then it’s mould/fungus type stuff. If it’s like small grains of sand, possibly covered with slime, then it’s likely snail eggs. Either way, a good brush off will solve both of these [but snails will probably come back!]


    Mats

    Could also be unfertilised scatter spawn. Snail eggs tend to be contained in their gelsack.

    Any chance of a photo?

    #318651

    Senor Bastardo
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    QUOTE (Nomad @ Aug 30 2010, 05:46 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Could also be unfertilised scatter spawn. Snail eggs tend to be contained in their gelsack.

    Any chance of a photo?

    Not all snail eggs though, I bought some Neritina snail and they didn´t lay their eggs i a gelsack. Instead white spots started to turn up all over the tank. I didn´t make the connection at once since the snails I knew of lay their eggs, as you wrote, in gelsacks.

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