The birthplace of all varieties of Anubias is considered to be Africa and Anubias gracilis, including. Perhaps this species is the most elegant of all representatives of Anubias.
This variety of plants is not completely aquatic. Given that they grow near the coast, during the tropical rain season they are completely flooded, but when the water leaves, it grows again on the surface. Given this feature of water bodies, they were forced to adapt to this. Due to its beautiful external qualities and the rigidity of leaves that fish do not like, many aquarists choose anubias, even despite some features in the cultivation.
Anubias gracilis is neither a long-stemmed nor a rosette group of plants. This variety has its own peculiarity, these are powerful creeping roots (about 1 cm thick) that curl over the soil surface on which nodules form and after which new leaves appear.
This plant has large leaves of a heart-shaped shape, dark green in color with a length of 4 to 10 cm. Long cuttings grow from the main stem, on which the leaves grow. Under comfortable conditions, it can grow up to 60 cm in height.
Gritsilis is considered a large variety among Anubias. At the end of time, the plant becomes large and then it will need more free space, other flooded plantations in the aquarium may suffer from this. Also not recommended for planting in nano aquariums.
Maintenance and care
Anubias gracilis can also be grown above the surface of the aquarium, but then the plant will be simply gigantic when compared to growing in water.
The plant can be attributed to hardy. And it is recommended for cultivation for both beginners and experienced aquarists. It can feel great in medium and even low light conditions, and can gradually adapt to various conditions. But if the lighting in the aquarium is excessively intense, this can provoke fouling of the leaves with algae and silt, later the leaves will begin to die. Therefore, when planting Anubias, you need to choose shaded places where there are other plants.
Gracilis should be planted in the ground without digging too much, so that some of the roots remain on the surface, if this is not done, and buried too deep, soon the roots will begin to rot and as a result the whole bush will die. Experienced aquarists do not plant it at all, but simply attach it to any decoration in the aquarium, it will look just as impressive.
This plant propagates very simply, namely by dividing the rhizome. When adult Anubias grows in comfortable conditions, then soon it will release new processes, when they are sufficiently formed and there will be 3-4 leaves on them, they can be separated and planted in a new place.
The chemical composition of water can be different, this does not affect the general condition. Fertilizing with mineral fertilizers is not necessary, if there are other inhabitants in the aquarium, then the plant will receive all the necessary trace elements from them. Fresh water needs to be added gradually, from it, just as anubias will receive nutrients. Water hardness can be from 5 to 8 pH. Optimum temperature from 20 to 32 0C. Suitable for growing in an aquarium with finicky cichlids.
Anubias gracilis is considered unpretentious and very beautiful plant, but it is quite difficult to find on sale because of its large size. Suitable for the design of volumetric aquariums.