Thread: My 1st anubias
03-01-2011, 06:46 PM #1
My 1st anubias
I have a goldfish tank..with a pleco so I am sure any live plant I put in has a 50/50 chance of survival.
I have been looking at hardy plants, that goldfish tend to ignore for my 1st real plant. I have read that pleco's tend to up root these...but all my fish are well fed so I'm hoping for the best for the anubias.
I haven't gotten the plant yet, but wondering besides the obvious 'fish could eat/uproot it' problem is there anything I should know about it's care (its freshwater tank, sand subtrate).
I have driftwood & rocks & will attach it to one of those.
ps I also have snails - Will my snails think they've died & gone to heaven & destroy my plant?
03-01-2011, 07:25 PM #2
Many fish will leave anubias alone. It's a good one to try for plant unfriendly fish. I'd strap it to driftwood. One thing I found that helps plant destroyers leave plants alone is to make sure they always have access to fresh veggies to munch on. Also, adding a bunch of plants at once seems to cut down on the abuse any one plant takes.Originally Posted by i_am_511
03-01-2011, 07:30 PM #3Originally Posted by Lab_Rat
Great tip!! thanks for that!!
So I guess I should start feeding my snails again than lol
03-01-2011, 08:24 PM #4
03-01-2011, 09:35 PM #5
Ok i've got 2 plants...now what?
im looking up ways to disinfect them before i put them in the tank - i've heard of a bleach/water solution to soak the plant for a min or two - this the best way to go?
03-01-2011, 09:39 PM #6
Also - should i be adding some kind of fertilizer type thing?
i've read the anubias is ok with the ph level i have & i add a calcium supplement every few days for the snails anyway
just wondering if there is more to this particular plant then just putting it in the tank...they are very pretty & i want to have the correct care
ohh im so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i hope my fish, snails, pleco dont eat them
there are also a few holes & brown spots on one leaf - should i just remove this leaf? i think i read it won't recover & should just be taken off.
i've read about a 1:19 solution of bleach - im not sure how to get this ratio if i do this in the sink - can i fill the sink with water & add a teaspoon of bleach? is that to much bleach/not enough bleach?
Last edited by jessfish; 03-01-2011 at 09:50 PM.
03-02-2011, 12:00 AM #7
I think bleach is harsh on plants so I usually just do an alum dip. Potassium permanganate is another option. You can QT the plants for a couple days as well.Originally Posted by i_am_511
03-02-2011, 12:05 AM #8
would rinsing with tap water & then rinsing in dechlorinated water do anything productive?
i mostly want to kill off any disease/parasites/snails that could be there
I really want to do this on the cheap & dont want to go out again tonight to buy something lol
Last edited by jessfish; 03-02-2011 at 12:11 AM.
03-02-2011, 01:08 AM #9
here are my plants (there are actually 2) now that i have had a good look at them they were looking a little rough - the rhizome (is that the bottom stem part) was starting to rot (it was buried when i bought it) i trimmed off the rotten part & trimmed the roots a small bit.
I also cleaned them - & people were not kidding about snails!!!!!!!!!
there were ALOT of snails & snail eggs - i think i was able to pick them all off!!
so far the fish havent gone near the plants, i'll see how the snails have reacted by the morning i guess & i still hope they live - i've heard they are hardy so i hope the condition of the stems won't kill them
03-02-2011, 03:03 AM #10
If my plants make it through the night is there anything I need to be adding to keep them healthy?