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anthony1238 07-29-2008 10:03 AM

Help Id this plant i just recieved
I bought a 30 gallon tank with everything from a local woman for 50 bux and it came with these 3 plants. I never had a planted tank before and was wondering what it is/needs. Thanks

1077 07-29-2008 10:35 AM

I could be wrong but it appears to be a species of anubia. :)

jeaninel 07-29-2008 12:45 PM

+1 for anubias (not sure what species). Nice growth on them. :D

anthony1238 07-29-2008 01:02 PM

does it need anything special to survive. from what i been seeing is that its a slow grower. i'm assuming this plant is a few years old?? any kind for fertalizer or special way to keep the root down. there just kind floating in the gravel.

okiemavis 07-29-2008 04:13 PM

You can tie it to a rock or something that makes it float. It's pretty hard to kill, but liquid ferts and/or root tabs wouldn't hurt. You're right, it does grow slowly, one of the bigger problems is actually preventing algae growth on the leaves.

I'm guessing it's an anubias barteri...some variation or other. They've all been crossed so many times that it would be hard to say for sure, but regardless, the care is the same.

jeaninel 07-29-2008 06:44 PM

Make sure you don't bury the rhizome or it'll rot and kill the plant. Anubias are great for tying to driftwood or rocks. They are slow growers but are cast iron plants. Mine did get algae on their leaves so I gave them a bleach dip (20:1 water to bleach) and even used a soft toothbrush to scrub the algae from the leaves and they're still looking good. They don't require much but a little liquid ferts would be ok.

anthony1238 07-29-2008 10:22 PM

thanks good to know. hopefully i won't have an problems, i love the look of a planted tank, but i think i'll keep my 55 gallon fake. seems like a lot more work.

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