Anubias nana – don’t plant it, tie it!

We love this plant here at Aqua Essentials and belive you will too if you haven’t already tried it. It’s been around for as long as I can remember and it’s here to stay. So what’s so special about it?

Anubias nana has dark green leaves which are slightly oval in shape. A slow growing plant that is suitable for a wide range of conditions means that it can flourish very easily. When it’s really happy white flowers grow (very nice!!) and new leaves take 1-2 weeks to show. However, it’s really important that you know where to place Anubias nana because unlike most, do not plant in the substrate. Anubias nana has a rhizome which means that if planted in the substrate it will rot. So the secret to longevity is tying it to wood or rocks. The easiest way is to use Aqua Fine Line which is super thin and means that when you tie it, you will barely be able to to see it giving the illusion that the plant has already grown onto the wood. Over time (several months) the roots will grow and wrap themselves around and the Aqua Fine Line will no longer be needed and can be cut off if required.

Overall, this delightful plant is a pleasure in the planted aquarium and if you’re thinking about it, give it a whirl. We’re offering them at only £4.99 each and you can find the plant by clicking here.

Last postage day before Xmas

We’re nearly at the end of the year so wanted to make a quick post to let everyone know that our last postage day before the big day is the 22nd December. We’ll still be sending plants out before this time as they will be fine in transit due to our refined packing. However it is recommended that you opt for Express Delivery when checking out.

We would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and thank you for your support this year and we look forward to helping you with your planted aquarium in 2012!

Fertilisers in your tank

Yes I’ve been at it again so have posted my 3rd YouTube clip!! This new format takes a lot more time, but I feel it’s worth putting in the leg work. My editing is not the best but bare with me as I improve with experience. For those of you interested I’m using iMovie for editing but would like to invest in decent lighting, a background, HD camera and decent mic to avoid the sound delay.

I’m discussing fertilisers in the planted aquarium and which type you need for low tech and high tech tanks. I hope you enjoy the short clip and would appreciate any feedback.

Liquid Carbon in a planted aquarium

More questions about liquid carbons has spurred me onto doing another YouTube clip. I’m quite liking this format of discussing things this way but would love to hear if you like it too and find it more interactive?

Perhaps you have a question you would like me to answer via YouTube? Ask away and I’ll see what I can do.

Still think goldfish are boring?

Whilst it’s not normally our cup of tea, I love this short YouTube clip by Aquarium Design Group. This tank I find is totally inspiring – partly because goldfish were the first fish I ever kept and I remember watching them for hours on end. They’re always so busy – unlike some tropical fish.

What do you think? Want a goldfish tank like this?

Aquatic Plants on sale

It’s that time of year again so this is a fantastic opportunity to get hold of some quality potted plants at a discounted rate. Of course, these prices won’t last long but if you were thinking about getting your tank looking in tip top condition so all your relatives and friends could see, maybe now is a good opportunity.

Large selection at super prices.

Check these deals out by clicking Aquatic Plants On Sale.