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Did you recently put it in the tank? New "wild caught" wood tends to lose its soft outer portions when it gets waterlogged. Plecos often help that along which is probably why Bert hasn't seen much of it. It's actually a good thing that this is happening to your wood, it'll make it more durable and less polluting over time.

I would urge a little patience with both the wood and fish. If you can, take the wood out and give it a good twice over with a hard plastic bristled scrub brush, that'll scour away some of that soft wood. If it continues to the point where you can absolutely no longer stand it, well LFS are always willing to take back healthy plecos. :) Farlowella species fish are a great substitute for the larger plecos in planted tanks.

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