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Julie's Julies 07-13-2007 12:45 AM

Will someone identify my mystery plant?
This unique specimen came to me courtesy of a used tank I bought, and I am at a loss as to what type of plant it is. It is also not doing well under my care. When I first received it, the stock was dark green and now it has turned yellow. In addition, most of the root trails that have sprouted all along the stock have turned brown and are dying, when at first they were all healthy and green.

Any thoughts as to what its needs are? I replanted it in my 10 gallon tank, put a fertilizer tab underneath it, and that's all I know to do for it. I have my compact fluorescents turned on for about 9 hours total during the day - any longer and the algae goes to town on the tank.

herefishy 07-13-2007 12:58 AM

It looks like it could be a member of the Anubius family, maybe A. barterii sp. nana.

squiggles1 07-13-2007 01:32 PM

yea my first thought was anubias too. if it is they like low light so your lighting shouldnt be a problem, if thats what it is.

fish_4_all 07-13-2007 02:25 PM

Definately anubias. As for why it is turning colors, might be acclimating to the new tank or it doesn't like the gravel. As for lighting, it will grow on pretty much any light but higher light like any plant will make it grow faster. I would also try some dosing of nutrients because the yellowing is also a sign of a possible iron deficiency.

tigger 07-13-2007 03:38 PM

Yes, it's probably just acclimatising and could probably lose almost all leaves before it starts to recover. Mine did when I switched them from my high light to low light tank.

I have to say though that since my anubias moved to my low light tank I have had much better growth since it was in my high light tank.

It's definitely a plant to be patient with though :lol: (and the fert tabs will work wonders given time :wink: )

herefishy 07-14-2007 10:26 PM

Try attatching it to a piece of bogwood. It may be tied to the wood with a monofilament fish line until in adheres on its own. The remove the fishing line. It is a relatively slow grower and a nutrient loving plant, thriving on medium to high lighting.

fish_4_all 07-14-2007 11:26 PM

I didn't even think of this but how did you "plant" it? Anubias has to have the rhizome, the part that the leaves come out of of, above the gravel and not buried at all.

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