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post #1 of 7 Old 04-23-2013, 08:56 AM Thread Starter
Why are my anubias tearing

The foliage on my anubias are developing tears. This is a new plant and the leaves were perfect when I got it.


I have a 10 gallon tank at 80degrees with heater, filter, full spectrum flourescent lighting and an African dwarf frog and 2 platties. Also have an anubias planted in driftwood and a moss ball. I am dosing the tank once a week with leaf zone plant food. Substrate is gravel.

Would sand be better for a planted tank?
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-23-2013, 12:15 PM
I'm not sure what could be causing that but I would scrap the leaf zone , this only contains iron and potassium. If you do fertilize I would switch to seachem flourish as this contains everything that plants need. You might even be able to get without dosing as anubias needs very little care.

As for it tearing I'm sure someone can chime in and maybe resolve the problem.
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post #3 of 7 Old 04-23-2013, 02:33 PM
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your going to see some melt with all new plants just the way it is when they are acclimating... as it starts to yellow just pluck it off. all is fine if new growth starts to show... if no new growth after a week or so then we can revisit the issue.
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post #4 of 7 Old 04-23-2013, 03:38 PM
Like the others, I would just wait. If that leaf dies, cut it off and let the rest of the leave grow.
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post #5 of 7 Old 04-23-2013, 03:41 PM
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That looks more like damage than melt. The leaves are, otherwise, nice and green and full and that's the important thing.

I agree with the flourish fertilizer, it's complete and will do better.

I will always say sand is better but your fish don't need it so it becomes only a matter of tank hygiene as sand is easier to keep clean. If you like the gravel and don't get bottom dwelling fish then I wouldn't sweat it.


Total years fish keeping experience: 7 months, can't start counting in years for a while yet.

The shotgun approach to a planted tank with an LED fixture

Small scale nitrogen cycle with a jar, water and fish food; no substrate, filter etc
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post #6 of 7 Old 04-23-2013, 07:01 PM
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Make sure the gravel does not cover the rhizome; in the photo the rhizome is just on the gravel, though I would tug it up a bit more. If the rhizome gets buried, it may rot.


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post #7 of 7 Old 04-24-2013, 01:59 AM Thread Starter
I was wondering if that part goes under or above the gravel. Thanks for clarifying
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