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Should rhizomes of Anubias be buried when planted emerged?

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by DaveSurfer, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. DaveSurfer

    DaveSurfer Prolific Poster

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    I have several types of Anubias planted emerged in my tank right now. I have the roots planted in the substrate but not the rhizomes. Is this a correct way of doing it?

    I assumed the rhizomes stay aboved the surface like Java fern right? How does this work in an emergerd environment?
     
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    I've been growing mine with the rhizome above the soil for a little over a month now and they are doing great. I think I read somewhere that burying the rhizome causes it to rot.

    Chris
     
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    Yes, I had mine on the substrate once, and the part that was embedded was basically soft and rotten after several months - the part which was above the substrate grew new lengths and was fine.
     
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    Hi,

    IME best practice is to keep the rhizome above the substrate..............

    I have also had the parts buried rot..............

    Roots will eventually find their way into and onto everything within reach....

    The barteri are really bad for this as they are bigger and have very long, bushy roots...........

    But the fish love them and they do look cool...........:)
     
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    ...figured I was safe not buring the rhizomes! Thanks!

    I was going to attach them onto my driftwood but figured I'd like them to get less light than that and they would do better at the feet of the driftwood, under and around the bottom of it.

    Has anyone managed to successfuly attach and grow Java emersed on driftwood? I had some issues with the anubias leaves drying up a bit and they are very thick and hardy compared to the java's which would have to be misted constantly.

    I know Javas are usually found at the base of waterfalls ect. slightly emersed in the wild...but I've removed Java from a submersed state and it dries out quick!
     
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