AQUA ART Anubias barteri 'Pangolino' LIMITED EDITION

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Anubias barteri 'Pangolino' is one of the smallest Anubias varieties, known for its tiny, dark green leaves and compact growth. Perfect for nano aquariums and intricate aquascapes, it adds a unique and delicate touch to your underwater garden.

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Anubias barteri 'Pangolino' is a unique and rare variant of the Anubias family, known for its extremely compact size and distinctive appearance. This miniature version of Anubias barteri is prized for its dense, dark green leaves and very slow growth rate. 'Pangolino' is particularly sought after in the aquascaping community for its ability to add intricate detail and texture to nano aquariums and aquascapes.

Physical Characteristics:

  1. Leaf Structure: The leaves of Anubias barteri 'Pangolino' are very small, typically measuring only a few millimeters in length. They are dark green, thick, and leathery, making them resistant to damage from herbivorous fish. The leaves are oval to round and grow densely, giving the plant a robust and bushy appearance.

  2. Growth Form:  'Pangolino' has a very compact and slow-growing habit, forming tight clusters of leaves that grow close to the substrate or hardscape. This plant remains extremely small, making it ideal for foreground placement and detailed aquascaping.

  3. Rhizome Structure: The rhizome of Anubias barteri 'Pangolino' is short and thick, from which the tiny leaves emerge. It should be attached to surfaces such as rocks or driftwood rather than buried in the substrate to prevent rot.

Aquarium Requirements:

  1. Lighting: Anubias barteri 'Pangolino' thrives in low to moderate lighting conditions. It does not require high-intensity lighting and can do well in shaded areas of the aquarium, making it versatile for different tank setups.

  2. Substrate: As an epiphytic plant, 'Pangolino' should be attached to hardscape elements like driftwood or rocks. It can be secured using a fishing line, thread, or specialised plant glue. If placed in the substrate, ensure the rhizome is not buried.

  3. CO2 and Fertilization: While not demanding, 'Pangolino' can benefit from occasional liquid fertilization to support its slow growth. CO2 injection is not necessary but can slightly enhance growth and health.

  4. Water Parameters: This plant prefers a pH range of 6.0 to 7.5 and soft to moderately hard water. The ideal temperature range is between 22 to 28°C

Propagation: Anubias barteri 'Pangolino' is propagated by dividing the rhizome. Using a sharp knife or scissors, cut the rhizome into sections, ensuring each section has at least a few leaves and some roots. These sections can then be reattached to new hardscape elements.

Maintenance: Maintenance for Anubias barteri 'Pangolino' is minimal due to its slow growth rate. Regular cleaning of its leaves to remove algae and debris is important to keep the plant healthy. Prune dead or yellowing leaves to encourage new growth.

Aquascaping Use: Anubias barteri 'Pangolino' is highly valued in aquascaping for its tiny size and intricate detail. It is perfect for nano tanks, foreground placements, and detailed hardscape arrangements. Its dark green, dense foliage provides a striking contrast against lighter or more open areas of the aquascape.

Challenges: While generally hardy, 'Pangolino' can be prone to algae growth on its leaves if kept under excessive lighting or in tanks with high nutrient levels. Regular maintenance and balanced tank conditions help mitigate this issue.

Anubias barteri 'Pangolino' is a rare and exquisite plant that adds unique beauty and detail to freshwater aquariums. Its tiny, dense leaves and very slow growth make it ideal for nano aquascapes and intricate designs. With proper care and maintenance, 'Pangolino' can thrive and enhance the aesthetic appeal of any aquascaping project.


How to plant

Plants with great success!

Tissue Cultures are very young plants cultivated and delivered directly from the laboratory. The plants are guaranteed to be free from snails, algae and pesticides and, therefore, are harmless for sensitive shrimp and fish.

Success with your aquarium depends largely on the proper plant choice. In a Tissue Culture cup, you are getting many plants that can be divided into small portions and cover a larger area. Plants are compact from the start, so you will experience dense and beautiful growth if you give them the right fertiliser and CO2!

  • Carefully take the plant out of the cup and rinse off the growing media.
  • To prevent mildew and algae, rinse with chlorine-free water.
  • Split the plant into 6-8 portions using your fingers or scissors (for small foreground plants).
  • Plant portions into the substrate using tweezers.
Then watch them grow!

Plant Info

Country or continent where a plant is the most common. Cultivars arise or are bred in cultivation.

Growth Rate
Growth rate of the plant compared to other aquatic plants.

Average height (cm) of the plant after two months in the tank.

Light Demand
The average or medium light demand of an aquarium plant is 0.5 W/L.

CO2 Demand
A medium need in CO2 is 6-14 mg/L. A high demand in CO2 is approx. 15-25 mg/L.