roots from reptile tank

Discussion in 'Water Chemistry' started by fourmations, 20 Jan 2010.

  1. fourmations

    fourmations Member

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    hi all

    i bought roots off an lfs as they were redesigning their reptile house

    these were in with the reptiles and had a little crap on them
    i was thinking that its nothing a scrub, soak and boil wouldn't remedy
    but I would like some second opinions please

    they are like a really knotty redmoor
    someone has told me they are wine wood
    but i cant confirm this from googling

    heres a piccy

    IMGP4233.jpg IMGP4239.jpg

    rgds

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  2. chilled84

    chilled84 Member

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    I had some of that in my tank once, Was a beast to get to sink and once sunk it deided it wantd to grow white fungal mass on certain parts wich looks rank and the decided it wanted to stink, I removed it pronto and, o my god! it stank! The bark was rotting on it?? weird ay. The bark peels off when wet like string and that was what i found to be the problem. Never again. Like to know how you get on. :thumbup:
     
  3. OllieNZ

    OllieNZ Member

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    o_O It does look like it could be from a grapevine

    Regards

    Ollie
     
  4. fourmations

    fourmations Member

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    cheers for the feedback

    @chilled84:
    i have a few real redmoor roots and they did what you said, grew a fuzz
    but they never stunk, they were scrubbed once more and it never returned

    re: the reptile droppings...
    would the mature filter bacteria sort out any traces
    that might remain after soaking & boiling

    Regards

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  5. dw1305

    dw1305 Expert

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    Hi all,
    I'm with Ollie, I'm think they are grape vine (Vitus) roots. The bark has gone, so give them a go and see what happens.
    cheers Darrel
     
  6. Nick16

    Nick16 Member

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    the white fuzz is easy to cure. get a sucker mouth algae eater (otto, or BN) and they eat the white fuzz. well mine did. :lol:

    or if you already have them, put it in your tank and their rasping will prevent it from growing. simples!
     
  7. fourmations

    fourmations Member

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    cool

    thanks nick, i have oto's now
    (but didnt at the time)

    cheers for the tip

    rgds

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