Anubias barteri nana is a well-loved and widely recognized aquatic plant that adds a touch of green beauty and natural elegance to freshwater aquariums. As a member of the Araceae family, this plant is known for its hardiness, distinctive leaf structure, and ease of care, making it a favorite among both beginners and experienced aquarists.
Leaf Structure: Anubias barteri nana features broad, heart-shaped leaves with a dark green hue. The leaves are relatively thick and have a smooth, glossy texture, making them resistant to grazing by herbivorous fish.
Growth Form: This plant has a slow to moderate growth rate and maintains a compact size. It typically reaches heights of around 5-10 cm, making it suitable for various areas within the aquarium.
Root System: Anubias barteri nana possesses a rhizomatous root structure, with thick horizontal stems called rhizomes. These rhizomes can be attached to hardscape elements or substrate, allowing the plant to anchor itself and grow.
Lighting: Anubias barteri nana is considered a low light-demanding plant. It can thrive under subdued lighting conditions, making it an excellent choice for setups with limited light.
Substrate: While it can be attached to rocks, driftwood, or substrate, Anubias barteri nana does not require planting in the substrate. The rhizomes should not be buried in the substrate to prevent rot.
CO2 Injection: This plant does not necessitate CO2 injection. It can flourish in aquariums without supplemental carbon dioxide supplementation.
Water Parameters: Maintain water conditions within a pH range of 6.0 to 7.5 and a water hardness level of soft to moderately hard. The temperature should ideally be between 22 to 28°C.
Propagation: Propagation of Anubias barteri nana is achieved by dividing the rhizomes. When new growth appears, individual portions of the rhizome with leaves can be carefully separated and attached to new hardscape or substrate locations.
Maintenance: Anubias barteri nana requires minimal maintenance due to its slow growth rate. Remove any decaying or damaged leaves as needed. Cleaning the leaves regularly can help prevent algae build-up.
Aquascaping Use: Anubias barteri nana is a versatile plant that can be used in various aquascaping styles. It's often placed on rocks, driftwood, or substrate as focal points, accents, or even midground plants. Its unique leaf shape and dark green coloration add depth and visual interest to the aquarium.
Challenges: The main challenge with Anubias barteri nana is its vulnerability to algae growth due to its slow growth rate. Ensuring proper water circulation and maintaining good aquarium hygiene can help prevent algae from accumulating on its leaves.
Anubias barteri nana is a timeless and valuable addition to freshwater aquariums, enhancing their beauty with its lush green foliage. Its adaptability, ease of care, and ability to thrive in varying lighting conditions make it a versatile choice for aquascaping. By incorporating Anubias barteri nana creatively and providing the necessary care, aquarists can enjoy the natural elegance and enduring appeal that this plant brings to their aquatic displays.
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.
Country or continent where a plant is the most common. Cultivars arise or are bred in cultivation.
Growth rate of the plant compared to other aquatic plants.
Average height (cm) of the plant after two months in the tank.
The average or medium light demand of an aquarium plant is 0.5 W/L.
A medium need in CO2 is 6-14 mg/L. A high demand in CO2 is approx. 15-25 mg/L.