Join Date: May 2005
Location: Marble Falls, Texas
Beginner Question about Anubias Barteri
I'm a long time aquarium hobbyist (going on 10 years) but new to planted tanks. This weekend I decided to plant my 55 gallon Malawi Cichlid tank pretty thickly with vals, java fern and what was sold simply as Anubias Barteri. Everything that I've read suggests attaching anubias to driftwood or rocks like I do with Java Fern. The Anubias that I got though isn't the low growing species that I see in a lot of pictures. They came in huge clumps that are about 1.5 inches thick where the plant and roots meet. The 'stems' are almost a foot tall. These are some nice plants, but they would really look best in my tank planted in the sand substrate, not tied to the rockwork. Would this be okay, or are anubias like java ferns in that they will shrivel up and die if planted in the substrate?