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Re: Anubias Stumps.

"Bailin Shaw" <bailin_shaw at hotmail_com> wrote:
> Hello Eveyone,
> I've seen various mention of regnerating anubias plants and stumps by
> placing them in a terrarium setting?  How does one go about setting up a
> terrarium?  What substrate?  Does it require water flow of any kind?  How
> much water?  Any information would be appreciated.  I'm trying to get rid of
> some nasty hair algae on the anubius plants, and haven't been able to yet.
> This might be a good solution.
> Thank.
> Bailin

Myself and others posted about this topic a while ago. To clean up a small
a. barteri nana from hair algae (and to experiment with the idea !) I set up 
a minimum-cost "paludarium" in the basement. It consists of a 15 gal sterilite 
box ($5) covered with a clear plexiglass plate ($6). On top of the plexiglass 
I put a Lights of America underthecounter 15 watt fixture ($6) with a GE 
Plant&Aquarium bulb ($5). I plant the plants in clear plastic container 
lids used by the food store bakery to pack cakes ($0 after you eat the cake). 
Open some small holes in the container sides to help water to circulate, and 
fill with plain gravel. Put the containers in the box and add water until 
its level coincides with the gravel surface so the leaves stay out of the 
water. This corresponds to about 3 gal in my setup. I had a spare powerhead 
that I put to use to circulate water using existing pieces of nylon hose and 
barbed tees/elbows. I believe some circulation is necessary to enable 
nutrients to reach the plant roots. I feed PMDD dayly and replace 90% of the 
water every other week. A spare timer cycles the light (12 hours on).

The original anubias meant for treatment grew into a 2-rizome monster. The
algae never let go the infected leaves but now I can just snip that portion of
the plant off. Other tiny anubias I put in there are also growing to
humongous proportions. I also added in the deeper water between the containers 
pieces of driftwood with Java fern and moss; they all grew in submersed and 
emersed forms to large sizes. In the spring I'll move the box outdoors so 
the plants will benefit from sunlight. An maybe set a second box just to hold
the excess growth from the first ?

-Ivo Busko
 Baltimore, MD