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Pruning Anubias

jameson_uk

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I have a couple of tanks where the Anubias Nana has taken over a little and the newest leaves are a little squished against the glass.

I was going to just cut the rhizome but the first result on Google says that this releases a toxin that is harmful to shrimp and as one tank is a shrimp tank and the other contains shrimp I wasn't sure this was a good idea.

I have some attached to some lava rock and some to wood but they have all put their roots into the substrate so it is going to be messy to pull them out.

So first question is whether I need to worry or whether I can just cut it in the tank and the second is what happens when the rhizome is cut? I presume it isn't like stems that might fork where you cut it and that the rhizome will just start growing in the same direction again?



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dw1305

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Hi all,
but the first result on Google says that this releases a toxin that is harmful to shrimp and as one tank is a shrimp tank and the other contains shrimp I wasn't sure this was a good idea........whether I need to worry or whether I can just cut it in the tank
I think <"you are fine">.
is what happens when the rhizome is cut? I presume it isn't like stems that might fork where you cut it and that the rhizome will just start growing in the same direction again?
I'd probably try and <"snap the rhizome">, I think it does less damage than slicing, because the rhizomes tend to break at a node.

The plant sounds pretty healthy, so I would expect a <"number of the axillary buds will grow out"> from the leaf axils once <"apical dominance is removed">.

cheers Darrel
 
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