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randi90 02-14-2013 01:15 AM

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!

Aurie 02-14-2013 02:48 AM

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 :)

fish monger 02-14-2013 03:17 AM

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.

randi90 02-14-2013 11:05 AM

Thanks so much, very helpful! :)

dave56 02-17-2013 09:57 AM

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.

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