The biofilm on the wood is a bacterial and/or fungal bloom caused by organisms feeding on the wood nutrients. "Sterilizing" the wood (i.e. boiling it) can remove a part of these nutrients, but not all. The goal of boiling the wood is not to eliminate this biofilm.I created a thread and several people said its most likely fine to put it in without sterilizing as I had no way of doing so.
Yes, it will disappear in due time. That does not mean you should skip maintenance and ignore the film. Moreover, nano bowls with fish and without any active filtering are not usual setups. You cannot and should not extrapolate guidelines that apply to tanks with hundreds of litres of water, external filters with high flow, along with plenty of water circulation and surface agitation to your tank.Then when I got this fungi most people seem to say just leave it and it will take care of itself but I am now diligently removing any trace of it.
I am not sure you will be able to skip the frequent water changes in such setup if you decide to keep fish in it. You can certainly keep shrimp in a similar tank, but the bioload resulting from the fish can be too high.Thanks I'm beginning to suspect it'd the fungi too as it doesn't obviously look like a common algae and I had a lot of fluff growing on the wood.
The fish seem fine tbh they've been in there for 3 weeks, no deaths, no weird behaviour and they stick to the bottom of the tank so not gasping for air. I will continue to do water changes every other day until the bowl is well established.