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Tissue Culture Plants from Anubias in Italy

Due to the rising popularity of tissue cultured plants, I wanted to expand the range and offer some more plants that were a little different to what is available from Tropica.

Anubias which is a company based in Italy produce a very broad range of tissue cultured plants and some of them look pretty exciting. I also realise some of you may not have a clue what tissue culture plants are so here’s the definition:

Tissue culture (T/C) is a way to obtain perfect, sterile clones of a plant thanks to in vitro conditions, from a very small piece of a mother plant. T/C cultured plants are the best solution for many problems, for the aquarium enthusiasts.

Benefit for the aquarist:

  • The availability of plants generally avoided by plant nurseries, because difficult to grow emerged
  • Many T/C cultured species start growing very promptly once in a tank, faster than potted plants grown emerged
  • T/C plants are pesticide-free
  • T/C plants are algae spores-free
  • T/C plants don’t carry Lemna sp., snails, Hydra and any other unwanted organism
  • T/C plants are rockwool–free, so no contaminants or mechanic threats are carried into the tank

So there we have it. They’re pretty neat and as you can see from the above, sterile and free of all snails and algae. You can check out our range by clicking on this link.

Cryptocoryne petchi Pink CUP

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.