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Weird white stuff on plants. What is this?


Daniel E.

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Huh - I've seen something similar on new driftwood and such. It's a biofilm. But I wouldn't expect it in an established tank. Weird!

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How odd! I've only seen white stuff on driftwood and rubber suction cups, and not on plants. Maybe it is a white fungus of some sort. I would take the plant out and disinfect it with bleach. Is it showing up on anything else?

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i had it under my driftwood too. it regrew after every waterchange. i don't think it's biofilm.. it took quite a while (months) on bleaching the driftwood with every weekly waterchange before that stuff stopped coming back.. horrible stuff. almost looked like snot when it came out of the water...  :thumbdown

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I looks as though it might have been Algae at one point cause the way its round the edges of the plant... Looks as though it dying and turning into a mold or something.... I would try and clean that out of there hun :)

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I was going to say it looked like mold... But underwater mold? Is that a thing? I've rolled over juicy, rotten logs outside and they had this same white stuff with lots of roley poley bugs underneath so maybe it is mold?

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I'm going to get rid of them :( the leaves seem to be starting to decay.

That one anubias that I posted the pic of is well I've a foot tall.

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That's really weird. I've seen slime mould in an aquarium, but nothing like this stuff.

Daniel, if you haven't chucked it yet, cut all the leaves off and keep the rhizome. Provided that's still healthy it will regrow with time. :)

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I read this thread and I have a slightly different looking thing but it certainly looks relative, any advice or comments on this thing would be appreciated.

 

I haven't added anything new, I do have an abundance of nitrates that I still have not been able to cut down enough, Ive been too busy to do really big water changes.

the way it looks like its grown out from a central hub makes me suspect it is some kind of fungal mycellium.

the idea of under water mushrooms almost makes me want to let it grow and see if it has some kind of fruit/ reproductive body.

I'm going to take it out though because the snail pictured eating the black/green algae got to that spot and busted a U-E

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