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ANUBIAS...fishing line vs. plant anchor

Hi, I'm pretty new to this forum and planted tanks.

I have a 2.5g tank with Amazon Swords, Micro Swords, and some Java Moss tied to a piece of driftwood.

The Amazons are shading a spot on the driftwood that would be perfect for Anubias. However, I'm very reluctant to take the driftwood out in order to tie the Anubias to it. It's a HUGE piece (in relation to the size of the tank) and I went through a considerable amount of grief to get it positioned exactly like I wanted it. Plus the tank is recently cycled and I just put my new Betta, Man Ray, in there 2 days ago, so I don't want to mess with it.

Has anyone used plant anchors with Anubias plants? I'm not too worried about the aesthetics since there's a ridge in the driftwood that would partially hide the anchor, but I'm concerned if the anchor would somehow disturb the rhizome. Any shared experience or opinions welcome. Thanks!
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I haven't used plant anchors, but I've used push pins with success
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Cool. Do you put it right thru the rhizome?
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No, I just try to stick it between two pieces of the plant so that it gets pinned down, but I try to avoid piercing any part of the actual plant.
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Superglue works. You won't have to take the dw out. Do a search for peoples' techniques.
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Ive used super glue to hold mine down until they grab what they are being glued to with their roots.


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All these ways work, but if u don't want to mess with the tank then a narrow fairly loose elastic band is great for 'on the run' fixing of anubias. Doesn't look great but as long as there is a ridge for the roots to grab you can cut the band after a few days sometimes.. A Week tops.
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Awesome, thanks everybody!
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I've wondered about methods of attaching plants post setup...How does the superglue method work if there is water in the tank? Plus what kinda of super glue is fish safe?
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I believe you want to use the superglue gel. I'm not sure if you can apply it underwater, but you can definitely apply it to a wet object and place it back into the tank before it fully cures. IIRC, superglue gel actually cures faster under water than dry.
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Superglue works the best imo.

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I use Fluorocarbon fishing line 2# test line, Invisible.. works great.


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I use Fluorocarbon fishing line 2# test line, Invisible.. works great.
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I use black twist ties, or small black zip ties. Superglue works good but ruins the rock or wood for future use.

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I've become a big fan of black plastic zip ties also. Very easy to work with underwater.
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