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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-30-2013, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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Anubias nana - trimming advice (due to algae)

Anubias - what to do?



I have four anubias nana, two have it this bad, carryover from the old tank setup. Read that you use a toothbrush to clean, but otherwise prune the affected leaves off.

In this case, that means almost all of the leaves will have to go...is that the only real fix here? It took a year to get these things to this point...
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-30-2013, 07:44 PM
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H2o2

one part hydrogen peroxide and 2 parts water. dip for 5 to 10 minutes, rinse well. Works for me there are other remedies.
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x2 the algae should turn pink and fall off in a day or 2
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That means removal. Ugh. Guess it could be worse. Thanks, guys.
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That means removal. Ugh. Guess it could be worse. Thanks, guys.
No, what do u mean removal? No removal, or trim. Just dip.
What is your plant attached to?
We'll you have to take it out of your tank, if that's what removal means.

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That is what removal means.

It's a new tank, so the roots won't be too attached. Just a huge hassle to re-tie the things afterward.
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That is what removal means.

It's a new tank, so the roots won't be too attached. Just a huge hassle to re-tie the things afterward.
My bad, I thought u were going to remove the leaves... Then dip.
All good then!
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If you don't wanna remove, heavily spot dosing of excel with a syringe over like a 2 week period should kill it all, just hit like every other day or so. If it was me I'd pull it and bleach dip it for a few seconds. Good luck.
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Removed them all, dipped in 1:2 peroxide:water for 15 minutes, then 2-3 minutes in straight peroxide. In future I'll be getting a lot more than just the one dinky 500ml bottle...

The algae has already turned reddish, will report back!

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A couple SAE's or amano shrimp may trim some of that down...
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They look high enough up in the water column that you could do a big water change and while the water level is low spray them with 3% H2O2 right out of the bottle (no diluting). Allow 10min dwell; no rinsing is needed for these then fill the tank. They will fizz a bit then the BBA turns greyish white or sometimes purplish pink & dies in a few days. After about a week you can rub them with your fingers, or a toothbrush, or some of the fish will peck at it to remove it.

Or you could remove them as stated and dip. However, I've had great success on anubias by dipping 5min in straight 3% H2O2 (no diluting) then plop them right back in the tank...no issues (roots & all).
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The fish have been going nuts on the stuff since the plants were introduced into the tank several weeks ago. Now that it's pink, fish even more nutso.

And yeah, I've been waiting for a local grower to offer some Red Cherry Shrimp or equivalent - I need to start breeding them, then introduce into the main tank. (otherwise fish would just eat them all at once)

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So is it safe to put the anubias back into the tank after I've dipped it? I'm having the same issue.

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Yes, just rinse it off first.

Also...your mileage may vary...80-90% of my anubias leaves melted within 24 hours post-dip. I may have been too aggressive...

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If worse comes to worse, you can always trim the leaves off if h2o2 doesn't work. It'll grow back.
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