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Anubias Barteri Nana

Common Name: Anubias Barteri var Nana (Tropica Potted Plant)

Anubias Barteri var Nana is identified by the family Araceae. It is an undemanding, easy plant that is often one of the best suited plants for beginner aquascapes. Like other epiphytes, Anubias can be attached to your hardscape or planted in your soil substrate with it's rhizome exposed; its rhizome will grow thick roots, and will slowly develop new leaves. You can always plant the roots, but you cannot plant the rhizome because it will decay and cause the plant to die. This plant's food reserve is stored in the rhizome. It can be grown either submersed or emersed in both demanding and low maintenace planted aquariums with a variety of aquarium life.

The Anubias genus displays various shades of brilliant green leaves that are generally waxy in appearance, thick and hardy. The darker coloring of Anubias contrasts nicely with other aquascape plants. It looks particularly lovely against plants with a soft texture, like mosses and delicate stem plants. Its thick leaves are robust and can last several years. If older leaves perish, new leaves can sprout from the rhizome. When any leaves turn yellow, you can trim them to make room for new growth. It is best to plan your aquascape with the anubias placed in a shaded area or under low light to prevent the growth of algae. Anubias grow very slowly, and is therefore quite sensitive to algae.

It is a highly resistant plant; undemanding of light, CO2 or advanced nutrient additions, accepting of a wide range of water parameters. It requires only essential maintenance, and can flourish in your aquarium in low-intensity light and good water circulation. Under intense lighting and with CO2 addition, it grows faster and forms larger leaves, but is more prone to algae. Propagation of this plant in the aquarium is done by dividing the rhizome and replanting. If the plant is healthy, it should create side shoots from its rhizome that you can separate and then plant in your tank. The rhizome can be tied down or allowed to float about. It will eventually root and grow into a second plant.

  • Family Name: Araceae
  • Type: Epiphyte
  • pH: 6.5-7.5
  • Care: Easy, low maintenance
  • Light: Low to medium
  • CO2: not required or +/-30ppm will promote faster growth
  • Propagation: rhizome division
  • Growth rate: slow, faster under higher lighting (may cause algae)
  • Growth state: emersed or submerged