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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-06-2014, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Diseased Anubias?!

I setup up my first NPT just under a week ago. Since then I have noticed my anubias that is attached to my driftwood center piece is getting yellow spots on the leaves that are slowly turning to holes (see pic below).

Do I need to be concerned?! I am really really new to planted aquariums so any and all help is greatly appreciated!
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Hey there!
couple questions:
1. Did you bury the rhizome in the gravel/away from light? The rhizome, like on java ferns, looks like a thick stem/caterpillar and it's the hub for the nutrients the plant intakes. If you hide it from light/water column you're going to get yellow spots.
2. Do you use fertilizer in your tank? Not that anubias really needs it but it can help establish it in a new tank.
3. If you recently bought it and just plunked it in the tank, then it might be going through a very normal adjustment period (this one isn't a question, I know)

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1. The anubias is attached to the driftwood shown in the pic so it's roots and rhizome are all above the substrate

2. The tank is a natural planted tank with miracle gro organic potting mix as the lower substrate capped with black sand. It is meant to be a low tech tank so no additional ferts/CO2 are added

3. I did just set up the tank about a week ago. Prior to set up it was in a fish tank at a LFS. When I brought it home I did a dilute bleach water bath (1:20 dilution) for 3 minutes then placed in dechlorinated water, rinsed in tap - repeated the last two steps a couple times then placed it in dechlorinated water with a heater in my hospital tank until my ordered plants arrived to set up the NPT (3 days).

Thank you for replying. Hopefully the above information can help you help me lol
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You can bury the roots so the plant can grow faster. I would say the spots are a result of the transition from the bleach dip and new water parameters.

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Okay - should I prune the bad leaves off?
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I personally would. There is a sort of 'virus' that it seems rhizome plants can get where holes develop in the leaves and then spread to adjacent leaves/plants.

I had it happen on some java fern I got recently and so now any time I get suspicious looking holes develop I trim off the affected leaf.

Not saying this is what is happening here but the holes are most likely only going to get worse so you might as well trim now and encourage new growth instead.


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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-06-2014, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks LittleBettaFish! I would rather be safe than sorry since I just set up this tank as my first NPT - I would hate for something to compromise the rest of my plants!
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