Originally Posted by DragonFyre14
So, anubias don't need to be planted. I have them essentially 'weighted Down' using a few pieces of gravel resting in crevices between the leaves. Sorry, I have a hard time fully understanding all things plant at the moment so bear with me if I ask questions again or what not. At the moment I don't think fertilizer will be necessary. The only thing I'm worried about is perhaps not being able to provide enough light to keep the plants healthy. I'm just going to experiment and see how it goes.
One question though, how long should I keep the plants in isolation before i put them into my tank and why is it necessary to quarantine plants again?
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Mitch answered this, so some of my response will repeat. I really would attach Anubias to a piece of rock or wood. This is a handy plant for moving around, which is easy when it is rooted on something. But having said that, what you have mentioned will be fine provided the rhizome is not buried but sits above the substrate.
Re light, Anubias is a shade plant. In direct light it sometimes fails, or more usually brush algae will encrust the leaves. A cover of floating plants is ideal. And floating plants are easy, and extremely beneficial as well.
The only time I would perhaps consider quarantining new plants is if they came from a tank with fish at the store. Plants can transfer pathogens like parasites and protozoan, just as any wet object from an infected tank. Some stores keep plants in their own tank(s) to make this unnecessary.
It is next to impossible to quarantine for the removal of algae or snails. I suppose that after several weeks in QT the snail issue would likely be non-existent since the eggs if any would have hatched and the snails be sufficient size to see. But the small snails that normally hitch in with plants are very beneficial and I would not even try to remove them.
As for algae, this can occur no matter what. Any dip in some solution would have to be so strong to guarantee killing the algae that the plant would almost certainly be harmed if not killed itself. And algae is natural in an aquarium, and we can keep it under control.