Anubias / African biotope

engine50

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Hi there,

I was hoping for input regarding a tank 18 x 36 X 24T devoted to anubias species. I have done some digging for info. and in fact have grown A. nana before; one time quite successfully in a plain gravel /laterite substrate. and suprizingly unsuccessfully in Aquasoil (Amazon type I ). Currently I have some (A.nana), that I will move out of an existing setup which are growing Ok epiphytically. I also know enough to NOT bury the rhizome, ever... I did read that the rhyzome itself needs light to grow optimally -(something I may not always have provided in every setup).

So, "hard to kill" and "beginner plants" and "no fert needed" as Anubias are described, depending on the source; I wanted to be thorough. Specifically, I need educated opinions on the following spieces I'm interested in including.

Backround: A. lanceolata, A. congensis, A. hastifolia as accent

Midground: A. Barteri, A. Minima,

Froground: A. nana, maybe some petite.

Epiphytic: A. Coffeefolia, Bolbitis heudelotii (driftwood )

Hopefully the aforementioned is layed out right to start. I was thinking some species may well do better planted, or at least look better aesthetically that way. Some opinion on preferred substrate others have used would be helpful. I am assuming nutrient requirements for this setup would definitely require the requisite dosing schedules, possibly even CO2 due to the Bolbitis.
I was going to add some Congo tetras, not much more.
I would be able to provide 130 w. of compact fluorescent lighting, (suspended).

Thanks to all for time and trouble.
 

Tom Barr

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Same type of thing.
Fewer species than you listed.
I've had no issues growing Anubias in any sediment including ADA.

Good CO2 is critical, lower light etc.

Regards,
Tom Barr