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Re: fungus on driftwood

>Date: Sun, 6 Apr 1997 18:50:50 -0400 (EDT)
>From: BErney1014 at aol_com

>I noticed the wood
>was covered with a fungus, nearly clear in color. When I pulled the wood it
>stunk. I plopped it into a KMnO4 bath and there it remains. What should I do

Same thing happened to me when I last fired up a tank.  I had a new piece
of that African root wood, and within days it was covered with a 1/4"
growth of grayish fuzz.  I dropped in a clown pleco and he cleared it out
within a week.  It was interesting, actually:  as the stuff disappeared you
could see which parts of the wood he preferred to chew on (e.g., the more
concealed parts).

The fuzz has never come back.  Not really sure what it was.  But it sure
spread fast.

James Harold

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