I was looking at one of my fish tanks the other day, and I much to my horror I noticed all these little white spots covering the drift wood. Of course, my immediate thought was, “fish ick!” but then logic prevailed and I calmly reminded myself that wood can’t get ick, only fish can. So then what the heck were these little white dots? Well, here’s a brief summary of my findings.
Apparently, it’s actually a very common occurrence on new pieces of driftwood – grape wood in particular. In my case, it’s happening because the driftwood that I have has been submerged before, left to dry in my storage unit and then submerged again. The little white spots all over the wood are actually the start of a fungal outbreak due to decomposing organic matter. Eventually, these little white spots will evolve into this thick, off-colored slime that trails off of the wood (this is where it really clicked for me, since I had been battling these nasty snot growths for a week now).
Once they appear there are two things that you can do – 1) scrub the spots and fuzzy slime off, or 2) leave it alone. I quickly realized that I was better off just leaving the decomposition to run its course because it just kept coming back no matter how many times I vacuumed it off or manually removed it with a scrub brush. It will not harm your fish if you simply leave it be – and it will not spread any further than the driftwood.
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