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How to grow Anubias Petite on driftwood
Anubias Petite on Driftwood
About Anubias Petite
'Pe-tite' an adjective describing someone (a woman) having a small and attractively dainty build. The description aptly suits the Anubias Petite and thereby the name.
The Anubias petite is a variant of Anubias Nana,having small compact leaves growing densely.It is a low maintenance plant with hardly any demands on CO2 supply and requires low to moderate lighting.The plant is composed of a hard stem called a 'rhizome' and small round leaves.The plant itself does not grow beyond 2 inches and as such looks very pretty in clusters. Anubias Petit is an aquascaping favourite and goes very well on stones and driftwood. It is usually used in combination with Anubias Nana.
In this article, I have shown how I have used a bare driftwood alongwith anubias petit,some anubias nana and a little bit of taiwan moss to give a natural look to the aquascape.
What you will need
What you will need is a nice piece of driftwood,preferably one with a strong base and branches jutting outwards,like the one I have used. Anubias in nature is usually found clustered around the base of the driftwood and on stones. I have tried to replicate the same look in this aquascape.The other thing you will need is cotton thread to tie the anubias to the driftwood. I prefer using ADA Moss Cotton as blends very well with the background and dissloves after a month or so,by which time the anubias has taken root on the driftwood. Common sewing thread,preferably dark green will do as well. Lastly, a good pair of trimming scisscors for cutting the thread and to trim off unwanted dead/dying leaves.
Choosing the Driftwood
Preparing the Anubias petite
Putting it together
The driftwood I had selected was already treated and was in the aquarium for about 3 weeks fully submerged before I removed it for this planting. It is important to keep the driftwood moist while out of water and I kept it moist using a mist spray handy during the entire exercise.
Next,I chose the anubias petite based on their size and shape and did a mock up by placing them on the driftwood on various points to decide which piece fits where the best.
Having decided the location for each piece,I went about tying the anubias in such a way as to keep the plant steady and not expose too much of the thread to view.Don't worry if some thread is visible,the plant will soon have new leaves growing over this. After about a month or so,most of the thread would have dissolved naturally.
Anubias Petite is best placed around the base of the driftwood in clusters and I also tied some to the base of the branches to give an impression that the plant is growing upwards towards the branches.
Anubias Petite makes an excellent plant for foreground and mid-ground use along with driftwood and opens up a lot of avenues for using it creatively alongwith driftwood and stones.
Try this beautiful plant and you will realize why this beautiful tiny plant is called 'Pe-tite'.