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These are my three Anubias "nana" plants that i have growing in an emersed setup. The low water level ensures Rhizomes and roots remain wet and allows the leaves to grow above the surface.

This is an experiment to see if it's possible to regenerate the plants. I had them originally in my 70 gal. tanganyika, were they were slowly being torn up and abused by the inhabitants. Lots of algae growing on the leaves. They were in very hard water with aragonite substrate tied to some driftwood. I detached them and cleaned off any decaying leaves before moving them to the emersed setup.

The new tank is a 2.5 gallon Marineland Eclipse with about 2 liters of tank water. There is 1/2 inch of garden earth underneath one inch of play sand.

There is no heater, no filter and the lighting is a desk lamp with a 13watt fluorescent spiral bulb.

The following photos were all taken within the first week.

The plants started pearling after the first couple of days. The light has been on for about 4-5 hours a day. At first there wasn't as many oxygen bubbles being produced but now that the lamp has been moved as close as possible they've become plentiful. I hope that means that they are doing well. I'm somewhat worried about the water stagnating, but i don't smell anything funny yet.

If anything this has been a great opportunity to practice my macro-photography. Thanks for looking!







 

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Thanks guys,
I guess i will drain the water. But then the setup won't be emersed as per the definition of "emersed". I also won't get to see the cool bubbles forming. :) I don't have any sphagnum moss handy, and would rather not buy a bag just for a handful, is there something i could use? Or will they be ok if i just leave them on the sand bed?

Things seem to be doing well as is, is there any harm in leaving it the way it is?

My camera has a Macro setting that allow me to focus on a subject with in 3 inches of the lens. Most digital camera's come with it now, usually a little flower icon.
 

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Thanks for your condescending tone NeonRob! I can only hope that the other senior members are a little more tact than you when dealing with new users. :pout:


I don't try to define the terms, i just use the accepted "dictionary", or literal meaning of the words.

From thefreedictionary.com


sub·mersed (sb-mûrst)
adj. Botany
Growing or remaining under water.



e·mersed (-mûrst)
adj. Botany
Rising above the surface of water: emersed aquatic plants.

I have drained the water down to the sand level for now as per everyone's advice. I would have to say there has been definite new root growth on the plants over the past week, With out the water absorbing the light i should see better results. Thanks for the tips gang!
 

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Actually they are doing quite well at ~ 2 weeks emersed! I will try and get some pics of the new leaves that opened up. At least 2 per rhizome , maybe more. Some of the roots have grown fuzzy tips searching for nutrients. All in all going well , i 've moved them to a larger container and intend to divide up some other Anubia that i have on hand.
 
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