Anubias barteri/planted tank question from newbie - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
  • 1 Post By Aurie
  • 1 Post By fish monger
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 02-14-2013, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
New Member
Anubias barteri/planted tank question from newbie


So, I am very new to this whole aquarium experience, and I have just set up a 5.5g tank that I am cycling. Literally all I have in it is substrate (gravel) and a filter. Today at the lfs I picked up an anubias barteri var. nana and then realized I had no idea how to plant it in my aquarium. After doing some research, I determined that most people attached it to something in the tank such as driftwood or rocks. Not having either of those, I also found a couple people who just "planted" it in the substrate, so that's what I did, I stuck it in the gravel and weighed it down so it didn't float up. I guess my question is, did I do the right thing? Does anyone else have this plant and if so, how do you go about introducing it, or other plants into the tank? Also, it's quite small, with about three small pieces that I ended up with.

Thanks for reading!
randi90 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 Old 02-14-2013, 02:48 AM
Aurie's Avatar
You only want to bury the hairy roots.. I know they're all squiggly and it's hard to do, but you don't want to bury the rhizome which is the long thick stick part that the leaves attach to. If that rots the whole plant goes. I would just put it where you want it in the gravel, push down, and put some gravel over the roots so the rhizome is just sitting on the gravel.

Personally, I just let mine sit on top of the gravel, roots and all. Once it becomes a large mama plant I cut the rhizome and get baby plants out of it :)
Byron likes this.
Aurie is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 02-14-2013, 03:17 AM
fish monger's Avatar
Aurie is correct. With most substrate rooted plants, you just want to cover the roots up to but not covering the crown (where the stems start). With stem plants, find a node with a root or roots growing out of it and cover the node and roots. Trim to about an inch below the node. This will help in keeping the stem from floating to the top. All anubias and ferns are planted the way Aurie described or attached to driftwood or rocks. You can just use thread to tie or wrap the roots to the objects.
Byron likes this.

fish monger is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 02-14-2013, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
New Member
Thanks so much, very helpful! :)
randi90 is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 02-17-2013, 09:57 AM
dave56's Avatar
You can use a very small rock to attach it to. Use thread, or light filament fishing line. You can bury the rock, and leave the rhizome above the gravel.
dave56 is offline  

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Newbie Help with setting up planted tank - Substrate Advice mattcinders Beginner Planted Aquarium 13 03-01-2011 12:46 PM
Newbie question about carbon and planted tanks Holly Beginner Planted Aquarium 11 04-01-2007 12:19 AM
Anubias Barteri var kapuera Beginner Planted Aquarium 1 02-08-2007 04:29 PM
newbie to planted tank tinymitymo Beginner Planted Aquarium 9 01-12-2007 10:26 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome