Anubias Afzeli (Anubias afzelii) – aquarium plant of the genus Anubias (Anubias), family Arousnye (Araceae) .
In nature Anubias Afzeli can be found along the banks of rivers, streams, swamps of western Africa (Mali, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal and Sierra Leone). Anubias Afzeli may well exist and grow without a large amount of water, absorbing water by its roots, and if its roots are in water, then it may well grow and even sprout. When a spill occurs, plant completely flooded with water, where it feels very comfortable.
This type of plant is very popular among aquarists because of its rapid growth and reproduction.
Anubias Afzeli has bright green leaves of an oval shape, with a rounded tip, and a wedge, slightly pointed at the end, the base. It is different plant the fact that the leaves grow separately from each other. Sheet plate can be up to 20 cm in length, and 10 cm in width.
The cuttings of the plant are long, and in nature, the stem can be up to 50 cm high. aquarium grows up to 25 cm.
It has a powerful rhizome, from which thick roots depart. AT aquariums you can find about a dozen forms Anubiasa Afzeli.
Anubias Afzeli very capricious aquarium plant, requiring some experience from an aquarist. Planted in the background aquarium or at the side walls.
It grows slowly. Optimum water parameters for content Anubias Afzeli: temperature from 24 ° С, acidity and hardness do not play a big role.
Since the plant loves clean water, filtration and weekly water changes are necessary. Organic matter can accumulate on the leaves of Anubias, which quickly destroys the leaves, and the bush remains naked and may die.
Lighting it is better to choose the scattered, moderate. As an artificial light you can use fluorescent lamps or matte incandescent lamps with a power of 60 watts.
In bright light, algae growths appear on the leaves, which adversely affects the condition of the plant. Duration of daylight should be 10-12 hours.
Soil is better to use silted, with a layer thickness of 10-12 cm. Under the root system, you can place nutritional supplements – peat or clay.
Mineral supplements are optional.
Anubias Afzeli the best thing contained and divorced in greenhouses with a humid climate or paludariums. There the plant grows very quickly and reaches a large size. It forms a large number of lateral processes with which it can be propagated.
When planting the appendix rhizome buried in the ground to the base of the leaves. If you are transplanting a large plant with already developed roots, then only roots will be buried in the ground.