Anubias growing on rocks!

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    I've had some giant anubias in my Tanganyikan setup for the past 2 months or so now. They are growing nicely and have started to grow new stems after some of the original stems fell off after planting them.

    The pic below is of one of them which was anchored between 2 rocks in my "reef". The majority of the roots you see in the pic were non-existent when it was first introduced to my tank.

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    I'm amazed at how quickly these anchor roots develop - with some of them you can actually see a difference overnight. They've started growing beneath the rocks and the plant now seems to be attached nicely to the rock. In the pic above you can also see one of the new stems popping out...
     
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    Pedro, heads up, those rocks are pretty soft so just make sure the roots don't split the rock and end up causing a small rock avalanche in your tank. If that is cyano on those rocks then that's a sign your nutrients are running low, which could be the cause of your plants not doing so well and attracting algae (in the other thread).
     
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    I used to add ProFlor after water changes - haven't done so for several water changes because I change water once a week now. What can I do to top up nutrients if I no longer have ProFlor? Any easy fix?
     
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    Cam this is a Tang setup - plants wont do well due to the high pH unless its plants that actaully grow in a high pH. Anubias come from acidic water and thus wont thrive in a tang/malawi setup.
     
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    It depends on wether you're making your water harder, but generally straight jhb water would be fine for most aquatic plants as it's neutral to soft.
     
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    yea but if you have coral sand/chips in the bottom of the tank it is going to be hard and naaaaaaaaaaaaasty for anubias
     
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    Hey Cam,

    Here's a pic of the anubia growing on the rocks. The rocks are between 15kg's and 20kg's a piece so I don't think that the anubias will succeed in splitting them.

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    Hi Pedro....You will be amazed what plants can do if they really want to.HEHE

    Nice foto!
     
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    I'm sure they could - but I doubt it...
     
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    Yo Pedro,
    I followed your lead, and attached my anubias to rocks. I don't know what type of rock you have, but I've seen amazon swords split sandrock with their roots...
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    This is my first new anubias leaf, not sure if it's healthy or not. It took about 3 days to unfurl.
    Comments, anybody?
     
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    It looks very healthy to me, the fact that it's putting out new growth shows you it's enjoying the new home.

    Rocky, I hope to see you next month up at Oom Berts place?
     
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    Cameron, let me know when you're coming through and I'll meet you at oom's if I'm free. (lots of weddings coming up!)
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