D: What is up fish tank people? Fishtanktv.com dustinsfishtanks over at Brian’s house. What’s up Brian?
B: What’s going on people?
D: Bryan is the freaking dude that knows the most of anyone I know about a lot of things particularly Anubias. This is his 75 gallon tank with nothing, but Anubias. We are going to do a full long video as long as my daughter is quiet. All about Anubias! So let’s get into it. Bryan has been keeping Anubias for a really long time. I am going to set the camera down, feel free to grab it if you want to go and grab some things. 100 percent Anubias tank, how do you keep Anubias.
B: It’s not a 100% Anubias just first off. I have some Cryptss in there.
D: It used to be a 100% Anubias?
B: It used to be a 100% Anubias, I wanted some color in there. Anubias is pretty simple to keep as long as you follow the main rules of don’t plant the Rhizome. I have got one coming up over here. It needs to be re-planted, but it grows best when not underneath the sand. Great on driftwood, great on rocks… really anywhere as long as the Rhizome is not being compressed.
D: Why don’t you grab the camera and show them the Rhizome? A lot of people are like, “how do I plant it?” You don’t plant it like a normal plant!
B: The Rhizome is the part right here that we are looking at, where all the leaves come off. Every piece of Anubias has a Rhizome.
D: Rhizome is used for storage of nutrients food etc.
B: Exactly and if you damage that the plant decays at a very rapid rate. This piece here is actually off a plant that died off the top. I kept the rhizome now we got three new leaves so give it a year or so, we’ll have a big plant. But the most important part is that you can say none of mine are buried. Once you get it below the sand it will decay almost immediately.
D: What are some of the mistakes you made? You used RO water one time?
B: I definitely did a RO water change once. Most people know Anubias is from Africa and stays in much harder water. In soft water it doesn’t do so well. So a word of advice don’t use soft water. That is just a really bad idea waiting to happen.
D: What happens when you get a new it melts down? Like you melted it all, what do you do? Do you turn it back? How do you do it?
B: I had to cut off all the dead growth. Everything just turned basically to mush. I probably say 40-50% of all the plants and everything that is small in here is clippings that I have taken off of bigger plants over and over now. When it melts away, basically cut away any yellow. Use a clean razor blade! Cut the Rhizome just before the yellow starts to get cut into the green. If you are leaving a yellow one there it will continue to decay. Basically if you do that the best option is to get the RO water out and then re-mineralize using some tap water and your buffers.
D: What kind of framers do you want keep introducing?
B: This is an Anubians tank, I used to have Discus in here, so I ran it a little bit softer. In the past six months or so, I have raised the pH. I run it around 7.4 right now. Some people think that is a little bit hard for some of the other plants, but it works just fine for the Anubias. It can even go brackish water. Carbonate hardiness is running probably 70 days. The general hardiness stays anywhere from 160 to 200 or so. I try not to get any nitrates or ammonia in there. With any planted tank you will a little bit of Ammonia from time to time as your plants decay away.
D: Why don’t you grab the camera and show us the different species you got in there? Start with the hardiest!
B: All right! Some of the hardiest species with Anubias: the one in the back with the really big leaves, that is Anubias borderi. In my opinion this is probably the hardiest Anubias. It can get big though! I have had leaves get as big as two hands put together. This plant is actually growing out of the water now and it is running into top lights, so I need to cut it all back. That’s probably my chore for this afternoon. The next most common and hardiest as well is Nana. It is some of these ones that are straight back. Looks very similar to Borderi, similar leaf structure.
D: I have got tons of that for sale people.
B: We have Nana there. There is also some Nana species in the bottom here. That’s what was flowering on Steve’s tank a couple of videos back. I wish you all could come over a week or so ago, I had three or four flowers actually just cut them out.
D: Must have been something in the water that is great.
B: I had Anubias Bangkok in here, but I actually lost it which was really disappointing. What was Bangkok like? Has a [inaudible 00:04:57] triangle leave. It’s the most impressive piece of Anubias I ever had, but I had a rock plant on the base of it. It submersed for a couple of days while I was out of town and came back and it melted.
D: What about Congencis and all that?
B: Congencis the base of the plant grows from the sand. This is not Congencis. This is either frazeri or lanceolota. I think that was frazeri. I just got rid of the more spear shaped species. This is terrible, but I am blanking on this one here. Give me a minute and I will think about it for you. It is not angustifolia… I have had so many different species in this tank and got rid of a bunch of them that I am starting to lose some of them. Basically this is the tank. The most important thing that we have been saying all along now the Rhizomes are planted. Keep your perimeters high. Your pH doesn’t need to be a six at all. When you get leaves that are starting to die off such as this one I like to leave them there until they turn completely yellow and even start to decay away just a little bit. Then I cut them off. If there’s still some green in them then if you cut them off you lose all that extra nutrient. As the leaf starts to die away the entire nutrient basically stops going into and the nutrient from the leaf goes back to the plant itself. But you do want to pull them out once they turn yellow and kinda feathery. This leaf over here as you can see has got some holes in it. That’s okay I have had that piece in there for probably four or five years now, this same leaf structure. This one plant that we are looking at in the back corner, the big tall one, has been cut three times now. It probably spans from the middle of the tank over behind the piece of driftwood and goes all the way up into the corner, so it’s probably a three foot Rhizome right now. Honestly, with top of water might be three and half feet at this point. Basically this is the tank.
D: Dude it’s a dope tank man. Looks great! Always stuck to Anubias man, I love it. You have that tank for a long time too, so.
B: Yes I have done the Anubias tank three different ways. I went from a 75 to the 125 and now it’s back to the 75, because the 125’s aqua bed.
D: Cool, rock on Bryan! Thanks a bunch dude. Great looking tank!
B: Appreciate it!