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Re: anubias - How do they do it?

Roger Miller:

The coffeefolia was from a rift lake tank. The plant was rooted in a blasting grit substrate (still attached to the roots when I saw it) and grown under moderate light, The tank had a pH of 8+ and fishfood was the only fertilizer. The plant's leaves were completely algae-free.

I once had some A. nana in a sunlit, unfertilized aquarium with guppies and ghost shrimp. The pH in that tank would get very high during the day. The plant grew slowly, but it's leaves always remained deep green and they never showed a spec of algae. It always looked like a plastic plant straight out of the package :)

I kept Malawi cichlids for a number of years, and while pretty much any plant I attempted was deemed salad, A. nana managed to thrive. I think the high pH, combined with the relatively low light I had at the time, had something to do with the success. I had no knowledge of plants at the time so the plant was basically neglected. It grew very slowly, maybe a new leaf every month or so, but always had a wonderful deep green color, and no algae.

The A. nana I have in my planted tank now grows quickly, but doesn't have that great color. Could the lower pH (6.5ish) have anything to do with it?

Laura Wichers