Anubias II
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Anubias species

 
 

Anubias Factoids

Origin

Tropical Africa

Maximum Size

Depends upon species
Longevity Very long lived.  Named after Anubis, Egyptian god of the afterlife.

Housing

Aquatic or semi-aquatic -- very adaptable.

Temperature

Room temperature
Reproduction Rhizome division

Fertilizer

Not needed

Water

Quite adaptable
Threats Excess light, algae, herbivorous fish

Introduction:  Since I can't tell one species from another (because my suppliers can't either), I'm not even going to try to identify species.  I'm assuming most fall into the nana or barteri categories because they are smaller.

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Here's one anubias plant in with a couple oscar.  Oscars usually trash most plants.

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Anubias roots glom onto nearly any surface they touch.  I haven't seen them attach to glass or PVC tubing.

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This good sized clump can be divided into many starts.

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Anubias attaches to and grows into wood.

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Anubias grows very slowly and will not outgrow your aquarium.

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Showing how the roots go way down the wood.

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Roots grow all over this piece of bogwood and attach everywhere they touch.

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Anubias roots probably grow faster than their foliage -- one or two leaves per month..

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Anubias improves the looks of most pieces of wood and disguises ugly ones.

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Starter plug adhering to bogwood.

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Anubias adheres well to wood.

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Anubias also attaches to rocks but takes longer to adhere.

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It's difficult to clean "algaefied" anubias, but nerite snails do a great job.

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Anubias nana.

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Rubber bands make good temp attachers.

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Once your anubias adheres, just cut the rubber bands.

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With no roots at all, this anubias will take a long time to latch on.

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Anubias stands up very well to African cichlids that will destroy most plants.

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Here's a good prospect for a new anubias.

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Trim back the roots.

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Attach with rubber bands and wait patiently for a couple months or more.

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Here's a crop of several newly started anubias plants.  Give them a month or two.

 


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