Friday, 6 May 2016

Fungus on new mangrove roots?

It is very common when adding new mangrove roots to your aquarium that you may notice a white fluffy substance growing on the wood. This occurs in most scenarios when adding mangrove to a tank.

Why? – it is fungus that is grows on the mangrove root but it is not harmful to the fish in your aquarium.
How can you prevent it? – you must soak the mangrove root prior to putting it in your aquarium for a minimum of 3-5 days with fresh tap water that needs changing every day. You need to scrub it daily with a sponge or cleaner pad too.

What should you do when it occurs? – simply wait for the bacteria in your tank to eat away at it. This will occur when your tank has become more mature so the bacteria will overcome this. 

Also, shrimp and some catfish love to snack on this which will aid in reducing the amount of fungus on the wood.

If you are in need of a quick fix then you can boil the wood for about 10 – 30 minutes and leave to cool before scrubbing it. This should kill the fungus on the wood but may not get all of it off.

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