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Anubias - Amazing growth ! I can't get over it.

I'm an Anubias lover, but know full well that they are very slow-growing plants, producing only one new leaf about every 3 or 4 weeks on average, under reasonably good conditions.
I've had them in tanks many times, but only saw modest growth and development, as expected.

But I recently had this amazing experience with them, which I just had to share with you:

Just over a month ago I picked up 4 nice healthy Anubias from a local grower/supplier - which were about 2" to 3" high, with around 4 leaves on each plant.

I attached them to some driftwood in a matured 15 gal tank - gave them about 6 hrs a day of CO2 with a Fluval 88 mini CO2 kit, around 7 hrs/day of good T5 HO lighting, and some weekly moderate dosings of NPK macros, and trace micros - and did large weekly wcs.

Well here it is, 4 weeks later, and the Anubias have almost tripled in size to 6"- 8", and there are nearly 50 leaves combined on the plants, some having 14-15 leaves or so. I've cut the rhizomes on 2 plants, to make 6, and could easily cut a few more, to easily have 9-12 plants.

They were growing a new leaf every couple/few days - and I just could not believe my eyes !

I've never seen growth like this, particularly from Anubias - perhaps some of you others have.

Just goes to show that lighting, CO2, and ferts can produce such outstanding growth as that on such normally very slow-growing plants ! Don't let anyone tell you it can't be done.
I'm still a bit in chock over these results.
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You've got them happy.
But yeah, if given higher light, some fert and CO2, they will pick up speed. I think most people use Anubias for low light/low tec tanks, thus slower growth.
You really should post some pictures!
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Anubias - Amazing growth ! I can't get over it.

Yeah, they can crank out leaves much faster than every 3-4 weeks. Any tips for avoiding BBA though? My anubias is growing really fast too, but I am getting BBA on the older leaves...
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Yeah, they can crank out leaves much faster than every 3-4 weeks. Any tips for avoiding BBA though? My anubias is growing really fast too, but I am getting BBA on the older leaves...
Tooth Brush, just be gentle and not break the leaves or scrape them too hard, I find this works outrageously well on plants like anubias with large broad leaves that are more "sturdy"


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I was sure

There was going to be something I had to buy in the body of that post. LOL.
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Yep I use a tooth brush too, it is a pain if you have a lot of leaves to brush! Put your finger behind the leaf to support it, and gently brush off the algae.
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You've got them happy.
But yeah, if given higher light, some fert and CO2, they will pick up speed. I think most people use Anubias for low light/low tec tanks, thus slower growth.
You really should post some pictures!
I'll take some pics and try to get them up in the next day or two.

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There was going to be something I had to buy in the body of that post. LOL.
Very curious - what is it in the body of this thread that you have to buy ? LOL
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Mine were placed in a 70 par with diy co2. It grows a leaf every week. I was surprised too.

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You've got them happy.
But yeah, if given higher light, some fert and CO2, they will pick up speed. I think most people use Anubias for low light/low tec tanks, thus slower growth.
You really should post some pictures!
Just uploaded a few pics to photobucket - lets see if this works:

http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/...uspaul/Anubias
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Hello,

What is your water hardness. I often heard anubias likes hard water. Wondering if it's true.

Thank you, Michel.

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Hello,

What is your water hardness. I often heard anubias likes hard water. Wondering if it's true.

Thank you, Michel.
Our levels are very low. We have quite soft, acidic water out of the tap here in Vancouver - pH about 6.8, and almost non-existent TDS's/mineral content.
All plants generally do ok in our water, but many hobbyists here regularly use a buffer, like Seachem Equilibrium, for example.
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Mine were placed in a 70 par with diy co2. It grows a leaf every week. I was surprised too.
I have anubias broad leaf in a low tech 10 gallon w/ guppies, giving me new leaves every week w/o co2.
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Paul, get us some pictures. I think they like the climate in BC.
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Paul, get us some pictures. I think they like the climate in BC.
Did you want to see some pics of the Anubias in my small tank ?
See my post - # 9 above & click on the photobucket album.
Click on the first pic to enlarge, then move through the pics from there.
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before switching to my shrimp tank, i use to dose pretty much every other day and liquid co2...

my anubias nana grows much faster than other claim...i got many cutting and trimming off just one single plant and sold alots to my auction...

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