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Safely removing anubias from driftwood or rocks.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 3:17 am
by tank71
I have a good size anubias nana in my nano tank thats pretty well established roots everywhere is possible to safely detach the plant from the wood or just go buy another one.

Re: Safely removing anubias from driftwood or rocks.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:19 am
by ScottFish
If the rhizome is plastered against wood, and can not be gently removed, I wouldn't touch it. Now, if it is growing well, and a sizeable portion of the rhizome has grown off the wood, you could cut it. IMO.

Re: Safely removing anubias from driftwood or rocks.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:01 am
by freshfish
If you can detach the old plant without damaging too much rhizome, it should be fine (you can cut off all the roots, they primarily just serve as anchors). I would trim away any areas where the rhizome was damaged, though.

You could take some clippings (be sure to include at least an inch of rhizome and some leaves) off the established plant and tie them onto the new wood. Try to make your cuts as clean as possible- use a nice sharp knife or scissors and avoid crushing the plant. It will take a while for the trimmings to grow as large as buying a new plant, but it would save some $$.

Re: Safely removing anubias from driftwood or rocks.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:40 am
by tank71
I pretty much decided to leave the anubias alone it looks great and growing well sprouting new leaves every other month. Planning to go get some this week.