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  Re: [Aroid-l] variegata aroids + a lots of questions + contacts
From: ted.held at us.henkel.com on 2006.12.21 at 17:08:39(14975)

The only aroid species I know very much
about are Anubias and Cryptocoryne. These are definitely moisture-loving
plants and would not appreciate dryness.

There are many varieties of each and
these vary in requirements. Many of the Anubias are large plants and can
easily get too big for an aquarium. Just this past weekend I was visiting
a friend with an Anubias with leaves easily half a meter high, with the
leaf blades completely above the water line. The one well-behaved Anubias
that can be kept neatly submerged in a typical aquarium is the one called
Anubias barteri nana or just Anubias nana. This last species is also very
tough and resists even plant-nibbling fish. In my tanks it reaches a maximum
leaf length, including petiole, of about 20 cm. More typically it is half
that. Its only drawback is that is grows slowly. But it is easy to grow
and should be readily available from any aquarium club and many commercial

Cryptocoryne are generally more challenging;
some may say a lot more challenging. While many will perform satisfactorily
submerged in water, many require an "emerse" culture, meaning
with their leaves above the water line and their roots wet. For a quick
reference I recommend the site maintained by Jan Bastemeijer of the Netherlands.
There is much information there. He may still be a member of this list.
His site can be reached at:


Beyond that it would be well to make
acquaintance of an aquatic plant fancier who lives near you. In fact, if
you contact Jan he can probably put you in touch with one of the members
of the European Crypt society.

Good luck,


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