Anubias Melted - Can Rhizomes Be Saved?

12Cin12

HI all,
Watched some videos on directly applying Excel to anubias to kill algae. I must have missed a nuance because every leaf that I applied Excel to died.

I cut off all the dead leaves, and the rhizome seems to be strong. Is there a way to make it grow leaves faster? I've heard that you can make little cuts in the rhizome and leaves will grow from there- but I'm not sure.

My plants were beautiful (and expensive), so I'd like to save them if I can - thanks so much!


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Here’s what it looks like now
 

Rye3434

It will grow back. You could split the rhizome into many pieces and then you will have many individual plants .
 

12Cin12

It will grow back. You could split the rhizome into many pieces and then you will have many individual plants .
I wonder how long it will take? Anubias are so slowing growing - I'm impatient!!
 

Snailerator

HI all,
Watched some videos on directly applying Excel to anubias to kill algae. I must have missed a nuance because every leaf that I applied Excel to died.

I cut off all the dead leaves, and the rhizome seems to be strong. Is there a way to make it grow leaves faster? I've heard that you can make little cuts in the rhizome and leaves will grow from there- but I'm not sure.

My plants were beautiful (and expensive), so I'd like to save them if I can - thanks so much!


6D0E4945-163A-47E3-8F2B-A8E5BBD43661.jpeg
Here’s what it looks like now
The only way is to out it in a good tank. When my anubias was melting, I cut the dead laeves, fixed my params, and attached it to a rock. Now it's thriving. You may want to cut some of the roots so you could attach it to something.
 

12Cin12

The only way is to out it in a good tank. When my anubias was melting, I cut the dead laeves, fixed my params, and attached it to a rock. Now it's thriving. You may want to cut some of the roots so you could attach it to something.
If you look closely, you can see that it's attached to a small stone. Since the only thing wrong with this plant is that I put Excel directly on it outside of the tank, I think I will do as you suggest and cut off the dead leaves and then cut the rhizome into smaller sections. I'll then attach these sections to small rocks. I'm thinking of growing it emersed - have you ever done that?
 

WillR1496

What type of algae do you have? The algae I've had was cleared away with a bleach dip and/or some rubbing off with a soft toothbrush. That dip also kills off any unwanted snails/eggs/etc.

I also agree that the plant will grow back. Unfortunately, there's not way to really speed up the process. I'm also impatient with the plant growth in my low-tech tank. But unless I want to start with CO2 and things then I just have to deal with it.
 

12Cin12

What type of algae do you have? The algae I've had was cleared away with a bleach dip and/or some rubbing off with a soft toothbrush. That dip also kills off any unwanted snails/eggs/etc.

I also agree that the plant will grow back. Unfortunately, there's not way to really speed up the process. I'm also impatient with the plant growth in my low-tech tank. But unless I want to start with CO2 and things then I just have to deal with it.
Not sure what kind of algae - it was green and would not come off with rubbing. It was mostly just unsightly - wasn't affecting the plant at all. I'm glad the Anubis will grow back though. But now my scape has some glaring holes.
It just kills me - what an expensive mistake!
 

WillR1496

Not sure what kind of algae - it was green and would not come off with rubbing. It was mostly just unsightly - wasn't affecting the plant at all. I'm glad the Anubis will grow back though. But now my scape has some glaring holes.
It just kills me - what an expensive mistake!

you live and you learn. I've made some mistakes as well but now I know better. These forums have helped me a lot when doing my research. I was scared to do a bleach dip. But I went and got everything I needed. After watching youtube videos 1000 times and reading things on here, I finally did it with 2 batches of plants that I won in an auction. I also put in an anubias plant I had cause it was loaded with black beard algae. After the dip, it cleared the BBA and everything was good. Now I'm more confident on doing the dips. Although I have to be careful cause some plants don't tolerate the dips as well as others.

before you go and do anything else in the future, try other things first like the temp of your water. If its too warm it can create algae. If you have fish in your tank than watch how much you feed them and how often. Also watch how much light your plants get too. Things like leaving it on for too long or near a window can contribute to algae too. And the most obvious, check your parameters to make sure everything is good.
 

12Cin12

you live and you learn. I've made some mistakes as well but now I know better. These forums have helped me a lot when doing my research. I was scared to do a bleach dip. But I went and got everything I needed. After watching youtube videos 1000 times and reading things on here, I finally did it with 2 batches of plants that I won in an auction. I also put in an anubias plant I had cause it was loaded with black beard algae. After the dip, it cleared the BBA and everything was good. Now I'm more confident on doing the dips. Although I have to be careful cause some plants don't tolerate the dips as well as others.

before you go and do anything else in the future, try other things first like the temp of your water. If its too warm it can create algae. If you have fish in your tank than watch how much you feed them and how often. Also watch how much light your plants get too. Things like leaving it on for too long or near a window can contribute to algae too. And the most obvious, check your parameters to make sure everything is good.
Yep, got to make sure I've got the basics down before I do anything fancy.
It's a relatively new tank (May 2019), so I think that's been some of my problem. My tank is cycled (I promise) but I actually never register ammonia or nitrates - I think the plants clear them out. I agree about too much light. My DH gave me a gift of the FluvalSmart light. I usually do two photo periods using a cheap timer, but this fancy thing can only do one. So I think I may have too much light.
 

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