Anubias the graceful (Anubias gracilis) – an aquarium plant of the genus Anubias (Anubias), of the Aroid family (Araceae).
Anubias the graceful in nature found in Guinea and Sierra Leone – along the banks of rivers, streams and lakes, prefers shady and wet places. In the rainy season, when the floods of the rivers are completely under water.
Anubias the graceful – plant with a creeping, creeping rhizome 1.0-1.5 cm thick. The scape is long, can grow up to 60 cm. Leathery green leaves, heart-shaped, but more often triangular, with a pointed tip and a rounded base.
Leaf length – 10-40 cm, width – 10-20 cm. Pedicle 6-15 cm long.
Cover sheet 1.5-3.0 cm long, oval, pointed. The ear is densely lined with flowers, up to 3 cm.
Flowering period Anubias the graceful lasts from February to May.
Contain Anubias the graceful recommended in aquarium large size (the best option – in a wet greenhouse). In the process of transplanting aquarium plant need a long acclimatization (several months).
Best placed plant on the background aquarium. It grows slowly.
Optimum water parameters for content anubias graceful: temperature – 22-30 ° C, hardness 5-15 °, pH 6.6-7.0. Recommended filtration and weekly water changes (through holes in the polluted water on the leaves).
For anubias it is recommended to use the scattered lighting. For these purposes, suitable fluorescent lamps type LB (0.3 W / l) or ordinary light bulbs, but with frosted bulbs. With the content of anubias graceful Prerequisite is protection from direct sunlight.
The duration of daylight hours is approximately 12 hours. As a soil, you can use a mixture of fine gravel or sand with clay and humus.
To prevent rotting of the rhizome, the plant should be planted in such a way that the rhizome remains on the surface, and it is necessary to sprinkle only the roots extending from it.
Breeding Anubias the graceful occurs by dividing the rhizome, which is crushed into parts with 3-5 leaves. Parts of the rhizome without leaves are left to swim until the roots and leaves appear.