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FuzzAz 01-22-2009 07:30 PM

Can Anubias be grown out of water?
I had a great Idea this morning, I have this problem with blackbeard algae in this one tank since it was set up. This tank is a heavy planted tank, and has virtuially free of algae with the exception of the slowly spreading blackbeard. so I read Anubas can be grown emersed and I took them out and put them in bread pans with water (what else an I gona use the pans for, bread). well now a half a day later the leves do not look happy. the leaves have shriveld up and are probably dead. well so much for my good idea. Why did this happen? I know I have heard from multiple sources that anubias can be and are grown above water.

daisycutter 01-23-2009 02:58 AM

it most certainly can be grown out of water it will need to be aclimatised back to growing out of water ive seen them growing in wet ground completely out of water in vivariums with frogs ive no idea how to aclimatise them beside putting it near the top and allowing it to leave the water as it grows?

onefish2fish 01-23-2009 03:34 AM


Originally Posted by FuzzAz (Post 165886)
Why did this happen?

you forgot to add yeast :lol:

id try doing what daisy suggested or even try having a leaf sticking above the surface, see how well it does for a few days, then let alittle more above the surface, so on and so forth. this may be a slow process. :roll:

Mikaila31 01-27-2009 11:29 AM

Anubias can be grow out of water. It's quite easy, and honestly the only way I can keep them. First the bread pan is not going to work. You need a tank or some enclosed area that you can keep humid and moist. Anubias can't grow in a pot on the window sill, it will dry out and die quickly. Also you need dirt or something to plant it in. I've taken anubais from a aquarium and put them straight into a terranium w/o any problems. The main thing is humidity. I have a little 2.5 gal tank I grow a bunch of random plants in, the glass is always covered in moisture.

fishkid 01-31-2009 07:15 AM

It should do fine, as long as your tank is humid. If its open-topped, then it wouldn't work.

fish_4_all 02-06-2009 01:58 PM

The leaves will die off. They are a submerged form and it is normal. The bread pans can work but as others have said you need to put some kind of dome to keep humidity way up.

Remember to only expose the leaves as they grow. The rhizome needs to be covered in water at all times but just barely. The new leaves will adjust to growing immersed in time.

FuzzAz 02-07-2009 12:29 AM

Thanks for the replies. I was just hoping I could keep the leaves above water long enough for the Black Beard algae to die, then put them back in my aquarium. No such luck, the leaves have all died but thats okay they grow pretty fast for me. I will probably cut up the rhizomes and place them in my fishtanks again.

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