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Old 12-25-2011, 09:44 AM   #1
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Anubias with Nice Roots!!!









All of these pieces came from my 2o gallon tank. The two with the long roots were attached to driftwood so the roots just grow downwards finally touching the substrate. The two with the longest roots were putting out one new leaf a week and grew long tall stems to break the waters surface. One of them did flower however which was pretty cool.

I know Gordon is a expert on these plants so here's a question for him or anyone else. I knew I can grew them emerged, but can I use bonsai soil until I find somewhere to put them? Also do the Rhizome have to be above the substrate if grown in porous bonsai soil? I'm guessing yes it does.

For the next three months If going to try to see what I have to do to take these plants to Korea with me even if I have to bareroot and quarantine them.
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Old 12-25-2011, 05:02 PM   #2
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Ok.

I don't know what this bonsai soil is but I would suggest miracle grow or some Korean equivalent. Anything that grows veggies would work well. Organic is a plus.

Would suggest getting some ceramic/clay pots, putting some rocks in the bottom to allow for drainage. Soil should be moist just like with any houseplant. Roots will go crazy in rich substrate. Clay pots will soak up the moisture in the tank and keep things nice for growth.

Tank should have a lid, anubias can dry out fast.

Light is your friend too with anubias, but not too much or you'll burn the rhizome. Happened to me once when I moved from standard to high output. Lost about 80 petites and tons of leaves off my mother rhizomes when I did that :^(

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Bonsai soil is are little clay balls that those bonsai trees grow in, but I guess they are aren't good at holding moisture. I really do want to try to grow some emerged to see how much faster they grow.
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Old 12-27-2011, 06:36 PM   #4
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I'd suggest potting soil with nutrients added.
Miracle grow works well... clay has no nutrients and you don't want to burn the rhizomes.

Organic soils and anubias go hand in hand with excellent growth.

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Old 12-27-2011, 07:00 PM   #5
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Very nice! I should get a root shot of my A. Barteri that has been attached to a pce of wood for over a year now. its growing emersed in my 20g Paludarium under 24W of 6500k T5HO. its massive!
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