Wow o.O never heard of them melting THAT bad, then again, mine never melt, I have very little issues with melt no matter what I plant overall though, so I'm pretty biased (not even crypts!)
I lost nearly $200 in anubias back in 2014 when I first got into it. Had some stunning specimens including a massive anubias broadleaf, and stardust.. lost a whole tank of anubias to rhizome rot, broke my heart.
Originally Posted by RussellTheShihTzu
Still have some Anubias in the vases that I bought from APF back in the Summer.
One seller, who clones Anubias, told me that Anubias are true low light plants one of the few that will melt if the light is too high. I have a 12' Finnex Stingray spanning the 12" high vases and two 30' Finnex on each of the 20 long tanks. Wonder if that is one of the reasons the Finnex people told me to go with the Stingray instead of the Planted+? I gave them a list of my plants and they said the Planted+ would be too much and encourage the growth of algae.
Did you tie them down? I have best luck either letting them float or using plant weights to hold them down. Don't know if that makes a difference, though.
I use a 13 watt cfl (60 watt equivalent) over the tank, closest anubias is 6" below at tip of leaf, lowest point is 12" away. I'm using the same light setup over my tanks with the older anubias (8g bubble bowl, 3g bubble bowl) same distance from light, same bulb/fixture, and not melting. All with salvinia minima floating at surface so diffuses light down even more.
My light is weaker than the one in this chart:
New ones I loosely tie mine to driftwood (allow room for it to thicken up) or if roots are long enough put a small rock over roots (not rhizome) to anchor. Older anubias is rooted in gravel so not tied/weighed down.
I'm assuming I just keep buying anubias with the rhizome rot disease and loose them from that.. my nose is forever clogged so i can't do the sniff test for garbage stink, but they show all the other symptoms of it (not when buying, but after they get in the tank).