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Old 03-07-2008, 05:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everybody...

I'm new to the forum, and have done a bit of searching around on the site for this topic, but still haven't quite found a definite answer or solution. ...great site by-the-way...

I have "white fuzz" on my plant leaves - both new growing tips as well as older leaves. The fuzz grows on all species of plants in my tank, but not on the rocks or driftwood. This is a recent development in my tank, and during the first "episode" I trimmed all visible "fuzz" covered leaves/plants and removed all that I could see. After a week or so, and several routine water changes later, it is coming back. If left alone, it appears to spread fairly quickly throughout the tank.

I am assuming it is a fungus, but what do I do to get rid of it? I am at the point right now that I don't think additional trimming will really help.

Here are the specifics of my tank:
-120gal
-Heavily planted, moderate fish load
-Temp = 78-80
-pH = 6.8ish (+/- depending on the water change cycle - but pretty constant)
-Hardness (kH) = 4 - 5 (variations due to water changes)
-CO2 injection
-Water changes = totals roughly 50 - 60% per week
-Intense fluorescent lighting at roughly 10 hours/day
-Minimal algae (other than routine glass film which is taken care of during water changes)
-I add liquid calcium for my snails (spiral substrate snails)
-I add liquid plant fertilizer from time to time (mostly iron) for leaf color/health

What I have tried so far:
-Trimming
-I just recently added aquarium salt

Any suggestions??????? ...I'm really open for any ideas. I will also try to post a couple of pics.

Thanks much for any help.

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Old 03-07-2008, 05:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Here are a couple of pics. ...I had to shrink them down, so hopefully the quality is still there to show the fuzz clearly.

The first pic shows one of my red temple plants with the fuzz on it. Although the center leaves show it clearly, if you look closely you can see a "haze" around other leaf edges - this is the fuzz in its early stages.

The second pic is a close-up of one of the leaves. Again, these pics only show the temples, but the fuzz is on bocapa, rotella, etc... and even on the newest of growing tips.

Thanks again for any help/suggestions!

Chris
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Old 03-08-2008, 09:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well... I have news - and possibly a solution to my problem.

My wife did a web search on the possibilities of some sort of fungus, and stumbled on a thread somewhere about adding aquarium salt to the water (she is scary good when it comes to web searches). Now... I know that aquarium salt is supposed to be good for tanks and fish, but I'll be honest, I pretty much have never added it before. ...my fish have always been pretty healthy so I never thought about it.

Well...as I stated in my last post with the pictures, I recently added aquarium salt (the morning I posted the pics, and at a dosage as generally prescribed on the carton) as a "what the heck - why not" treatment before I tried chemicals. After being gone all day today, I came home to find nearly 100% of the "white fuzz" gone. I only have a few leaves with - what appears to be - the last dying bits of the stuff clinging on. My guess is that by tomorrow, it should all be gone.

I see that a number of folks checked this post over the past couple of days, so for those that check back in, I'm quickly becoming a believer in adding salt. Now my question is... has anyone ever had any PROBLEMS with adding aquarium salt????

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Old 03-08-2008, 10:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I might try this on mine too. My algae is rhizoclonium. How much did you use? and any specific kinds?
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Old 03-09-2008, 11:04 AM   #5 (permalink)
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This is not an endorsement of the product/company - just a statement of what I used...

It was Dr. Wellfish's Aquarium Salt, and I simply followed the recommended "one rounded tablespoon per 5 gallons" prescription.

This morning it looks like there are a couple of leaves that still have a little fuzz hanging on, so my plan is to do another water change, trim the last couple of leaves, re-salt the tank as prescribed, and see what happens.

Good luck with your effort.

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I have never used aquarium salt, except when I was trying saltwater, then brackish water fish. This is interesting! I'm not at all sure what the white stuff you had was, since I have never seen it, nor read about it before. I wonder how the salt could have an effect.
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:28 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Well.... I may have spoken too soon. We'll see.

The white fuzz is definitely reduced, but it is still hanging in there on some leaves. Now the problem is that a bunch of my temple leaves are falling off, and I now have staghorn algae popping up!!!!

I have no idea what the %&#$@*& is going on... I went from a GREAT looking tank, to this in a matter of 10 days! We'll see... I'm off to do a water change...

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Default Re: More "White Fuzz" on Plants!

I also have this "white fuzz" it looks like on several of my plants and seems to be spreading. I first noticed it on 1 plant a few days ago and I reached in the tank and just pulled it off the leave and it was just slimey, really didn't think much of it but today after studying my tank I began to notice a bunch more and I (again) started reaching in and pulling out what I could where it had clumped up pretty good on some of the leaves. I took several pictures but only managed to get one that was focused enough to share here. Take a loof to the left of the two large stalks on this Water Wisteria, (link below) just to the left and on the leaves you can see a white blob, that is whats spreading.



Assuming it is fungus of some sort I have also added Aquarium Salt and I also picked up a bottle of Mardel Maroxy, it says it's for True fungal infections of fish & eggs, I'm hoping it will (or the salt) clear this up in my tank.

If anyone has any other ideas that I might try, I'm all ears! My worry is that whatever this is will consume my plants to an extent that they will not be able to recover fully resulting in a major prune back which I would hate to have to do again.
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Keep us updated. Mine looks similar to that only that it's like 10x's worse. I'm gonna try the H2o2 method tomorrow to see if it helps at all.
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After adding the Mardel Maroxy, my tank seemed to really be unaffected and even had MORE of this fungus. I picked up a bottle of "Fungus Eliminator" made by Jungle Labs ( www.junglelabs.com ) and this morning there is "less" of this fungus in my tank. It's not completely gone but it definately seems like it's being effected. The bottle says to dose again if needed after 4 days and perform a 25% water change prior to dosing.
Normally wouldn't post about this till it's definately worked but wanted to let those of you know what seems to be working for me at least so perhaps if your situation isn't improving you may try it too. I have had no adverse effects to my plants or fish using this product either (so far) although it does say "Some live plants may be sensitive to this product" on th bottle.
It will turn your water yellow (fair warning) but will dissapate over night.
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