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Re: anubias - How do they do it?
- To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
- Subject: Re: anubias - How do they do it?
- From: Laura Wichers <cellostix at wtw_waveform.net>
- Date: Sun, 18 May 2003 13:14:52 -0400
- In-reply-to: <200305181114.h4IBEbqD028868@otter.actwin.com>
- References: <200305181114.h4IBEbqD028868@otter.actwin.com>
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
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?