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daisycutter 04-02-2007 02:17 AM

salvation for a dwarf anubis?
i removed this from my main tank during a tidy out since purchase its done very little even the roots have done nothing is there a method to pot up small plant like this so it grows at its best and will still be safe to re-introduce to fish?

Andrew 04-02-2007 04:17 PM

its a slow growing species- though there are 2 new leaves evidence of growth. How long have you had this species??
This plant can root but its more a plant you took into a rock or piece of driftwood and let it fend for itself.

daisycutter 04-02-2007 04:33 PM

ive had it for about 4 months it grows in an open area of sand and was getting uncovered by the fish i had a large type anubis too which has gone to pot and is barely more than a stump this little plant is producing translusant(ap for the spelling)leaves rather than the normal type which dosent seem right im not going to go nuts with the plant keeping its just such a nice little plant

fish_4_all 04-02-2007 10:49 PM

It sounds like it is being outcompeted for nutrients. The other plants might be taking up everything before it has a chance to get much.

The older leaves, are they covered with algae or are they looking ratty in any way?

I have an anubias Nana that has absolutely exploded with growth wince I got it. I have had it for about 5 months. It had 6 leaves and the rhizome was only 2.5 inches long. Now the rhizome is well over 5 inches long and there are 2 rhizome splits that are 2-3 inches long with 3 others that are about 2 inches. It also has leaves growing under and over leaves.

I had to remove the old leaves that were damaged and old to get the new growth and I do actually dose fairly heavily with medium low light. I would trim off the old leaves and trim the roots down to about 1/2 inch. Make sure not to bury the rhizome at all. I have mine well above the substrate on a hand made plant anchor. An piece of driftwood with some thread lightly wrapped around it to keep it in place should do the trick. The roots don't have to be buried but in my experience they do help growth rates and overall health. Every time I trim the rooted mine goes into a dormancy period and doesn't grow until the roots get back into the substrate.

daisycutter 04-03-2007 12:41 AM

i have a few used little peat bags for softening the water what about tying the plant to one and buring it in the sand?

fish_4_all 04-03-2007 01:21 AM

I think it owuld be too much like burying it if the bags smother the rhizome. It needsw to be up on something so the roots are the only thing touching the substrate. Some say you can set the rhizome on the substrate but most i see are a good 1/4-1/2 inch above the substrate.

fish_4_all 04-03-2007 04:28 PM

Looking closer at the roots it seems like they are not doing so good. It might help to stimulate some new roots and help the over all health of the plant to remove all the roots to about 1/4 inch from the rhizome. I have done this a couple times with mine and it does go into a growth dormancy period as far as new leaves but the roots really start to come out thick and new.

herefishy 04-03-2007 09:27 PM

Looks like alot of dead or dying roots. A good tab fertilizer may be in order here. Trim off the dead roots.

daisycutter 04-04-2007 07:22 PM

thanks :)

scottysgirl 04-05-2007 01:00 AM

None of my anubias are in substrate at all, and they are doing really well. They are tied to rocks and driftwood, as I've heard this is how they prefer to be. I agree with fish4all, cut the dead roots back, it looks like they are rotting. Was the plant buried in the sand? Also looks like you have some new growth, I wouldn't give up yet.

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