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[APD] Re: Aquatic-Plants Digest, Vol 19, Issue 52

I've had great success with a chunk of Anubia nana purchased from George Booth about five or six years ago. The thing has filled about a half dozen tanks, not to mention the bag loads I've taken to the LFS. I just snap the rhizome between my fingernails. A small pair of wire cutters or scissors works too. I routinely break off pieces when they are growing in directions I don't want. The plant is too dense to worry about where to break the rhizome. For the LFS, I usually go for pieces with 5-7 nice, clean leaves. For my own use, I break off as big a chunk as I need. I trim back the roots back some, and then replant, leaving the rhizome above the surface of the substrate. My impression is that as long as you have a couple of viable leaves, you'll be in good shape. This is one, tough plant. I currently have two six inch pieces floating around in a 10 gallon holding tank with nothing but filtered morning sun through an east window. They've put out a whole bunch of new leaves. I really ought to anchor them, since they don't know which way is up.


On Mar 24, 2005, at 8:49 PM, aquatic-plants-request at actwin_com wrote:

So here is my question, I would like to divide up this plant into at least 2
or 3 pieces - a couple to keep in the new aquarium, and some to trade and/or
take back to the store for credit. how does one divide the rhizome? At what
place - mid-point between leaves? At the start of a leaf? With what
instrument? What are the chances of 3 viable pieces?

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