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    Help!! my tank water is turning cloudy and my tree branch is moldy. what should i do?? >.< wads happening. i jus started a tank with floating lettuces, hair grass, star moss, lava rock, and dry wood. i add 1 co2 tablet per day. can the pros advice me? tyvm !! >.<

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    my tree branch is moldy
    The mold is due to bacteria in the wood.
    That is why it is advisable to BOIL ALL new wood before use.
    If you boil it long enough it will kill everything in the wood.
    Just like cooking if the center of the wood gets hot enough it will kill all the bacteria.
    I boil my new wood for a minimum 3 hours and on larger pieces have been known to go up to 8 hours.
    I use a propane cooker outside , high enough to get a hard rolling boil. Add water as it evaporates.
    Your wood will be clean and sink.
    As for the cloudiness look for another post on that subject. We have been discussing it in length .

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    Ahh i see. does it mean that i have to remove my wood from the tank and boil it again? then i wld have to rescape my tank. is there another way possible? ='(

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    You can choose to wait.
    The mold may be an air born type and die out over time or it may not.
    chemical treatment are not recommended as interactions with shrimp could be detrimental to your shrimp .
    You could try to Black out the tank .
    turn off the light and wrap the tank in 2-3 layers of towels so that ZERO light gets thru.
    Your plants will be OK for week or more and it may or may not kill the bacteria.
    I have done this from time to time to kill of algae and blue green algae ( not truly and algae but a bacteria )

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    my water has cleared. but my mould has spread to the soil. i was woundering. is there any fish that i can get to eat up my mould. =p that would be great. i dare nt introduce shrimps into the tank. oh dear...

    did some googling and got this web. it says its harmless. anyone can second this?

    http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/driftwood.php

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    Jus an update. i took my wood out and washed it with heater water and i bought 6 otto into the tank. now my tank seem mold free and water is nice and clear. hope it stays this way. thanks for all the help ^^

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    Hi Edmond88,

    If it is mould on the driftwood, it may come back again until it is covered with plant. If it ever comes back, suck it out with a 6mm hose then after that squirt the infected area with hydrogen peroxide (3% concentration); you can buy it from Watson or Guardian. If this happens in new tank, I think it is growing diatom instead of mould. Diatom is the favourite snacks for Oto and shrimp.

    Avoid using heater water as it will cause your driftwood to leech a lot of tannin, which will cause your water to be yellow and rapid pH drop.

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    Hello
    The CO2 pellets are no big deal.
    I prefer to introduce liquid carbon such as Excel.

    As for the trunk, probably have placed him even green. You need to dry conditions otherwise fungi will appear again.

    But this cloud could indicate death of the colony of bacteria.
    Makes many water changes daily and check the filter.

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