Killing mushrooms permanently

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Anyone got any suggestions.  Tried scraping them right back to the rock and they come back in no time. Tried dropping kalk paste in their mouths and it didn't seem to do anything.

Reason I want to get rid is that they are stinging and killing my sps corals. 🤬



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Reply #1

Not my idea, but...
"I had lots of mushrooms and I did this))) I took DD coralline color epoxy... I irritated the mushrooms so they shrink and put the epoxy on top... then once hardened up I broke small peaces of rock and set it right on top creating a look of a real rock with nothing there... all gone!"

Or, you could try directing flow at them so they let go, then scoop them out.
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Reply #2

Thanks Graeme, that's a good idea with the epoxy and it's out of view so i can stick loads on there without messing up the look of the tank.

Forgot to menion that i tried the flow thing already, they didn't let go even being about two inches away from a tunze 6040 on full blast!

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I can help - if you PM me ( IPhone does not like this forum) can’t PM you

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Oh s that it’s freely available

From a well known auction site or online you can buy the lab grade chemicals you need. (Sodium hydroxide lab grade solid/pearls and Calcium hydroxide lab grade solid)

Please be carefull though pellets of Sodium hydroxide will blind you or peal your skin off if you get it in your eye/on your skin.

Don't touch them with bare hands.

Always add the powder to water as the reaction is very exothermic. The other way around and the solution will get extremely hot and may spit.

Be extremely careful/wear goggles when using and any that splashes on your skin rinse off immediately with water.

Store the chemicals away from children or pets.

Now we got the safety out of the way.

Add 2g of Sodium hydroxide powder or pearls to 50ml of ro/di water.

Once they have dissolved add 2g of calcium hydroxide to this.

Shake the suspension well. This suspension is corrosive take precautions with eyes and skin when using.

Turn off all pumps

Use sparingly and slowly drip onto the aip using a syringe.

Shake the bottle of it well before use each time.

Substitute Aip for Mushroom this stuff .. kills anything and everything dead.be VERY  careful with it
Last Edit: Feb 14, 2019 4:53:12 pm by zollybosher

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Reply #5

Very similar to using kalk paste
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Reply #6

Thanks I did try kalk already but maybe I'll have another crack at it

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Reply #7

Still struggling with this.  Any ideas?  Tried calk but bottled out using sodium hydroxide as i can't get the rocks out of the tank.
Calk knocks them back but them reappear in a few days.  I've lost forest fire montipora, goblins fire zoas and 4/6 heads of my torch to these feckers now.  :|
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Reply #8

Thick calcium paste no alk ?
I find this very effective at killing off the most unwanted in my tank , mainly aips but any overspill I've had kills all :(

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Reply #9

It really is unbelievable how resilient these things are.  I hit them three days in a row with kalk paste. Left it on for over an hour each time.  Burned a nice big hole in them.

Look at the tank this morning and bugger me, there's new growth on them.

If only people could eat them,  we could solve world hunger.

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Reply #10

Aren’t they one of the things like cockroaches that can withstand nuclear radiation? I’m sure I heard that somewhere or have I made all that up?  :S
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Reply #11

Mushrooms in general can as they absorb the radiation. Did you hear about them in chernobyl having 4x the safe level of radiation?

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Not only will some mushroom species hyper-accumulate radioactive compounds, but research has also shown that some mycorrhizal fungi bind and sequester radioactive elements so they remain immobilized for extended periods of time. Surprisingly, we learned from the Chernobyl disaster that many species of melanin-producing fungi have their growth stimulated by radiation.

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