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Algae on Anubias

I have dark green algae growing on my Anubias. Does this mean it is too much light or that I don't have enough light? All my other plants are growing well.

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Anubias are slow growers and therefore are susceptible. Try rubbing it off with your fingers, if that does not work, post again. We'll find a solution yet.

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If anything, too much light. What other plants do you have in the tank?

I'm never kept Anubias, but can you cut off the leaves without ruining the look of the plant? That's what I do with sword plant leaves once they get too old and algae covered. If not, I'd suggest lowering the lighting.
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If anything, too much light. What other plants do you have in the tank?

I'm never kept Anubias, but can you cut off the leaves without ruining the look of the plant? That's what I do with sword plant leaves once they get too old and algae covered. If not, I'd suggest lowering the lighting.
its not a good idea since its extremely slow growing... like one or two full sized leaves a year i think... but it varries... anubus are very suseptible to algea and they dont like high current... i killed mine that way,... it's still my favorite plant lol

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Try planting it shady area under another plant. They Love bright light But Not directly, Also check the water param's and make sure the nitrates are not to high. And Having a nice cleanup crew to clean off the leaves help. My pleco loves Sitting onthe anubis eating hte algae off them all day long Shrimps help, I have snails that dont touch the anubis only the stuff that grows on it, and my kissing gouramis keep them nice and clean also
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Move the anubias into lower ground or areas with lesser light (that is if you cannot afford to reduce overall lighting on the tank). Algae on anubias is a common issue when using too much light or inside a new tank which is not mature yet. Under reasonably bright light, anubias barteri grow pretty fast with two new leaves every month.

A good cleaning treatment is dipping the leaves in a 1:10 bleach solution for 30 seconds, then rubbing gently under running water. This is just a cleaning method and not the solution, so find the right way.


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