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Anubias barteri var. nana - (Crusio, 1979)

The variety nana is a favorite Anubias to use with tough fishes. MP & C Piednoir

[edit] Overview

The genus Anubias contains several popular species and varieties. A. barteri with its varieties barteri, caladifolia, and nana and A. angustifolia 'Afzelii,' are but a few of the common Anubias. There are variations in size and leaf shape and appearance, but keeping practices are similar.

Family: Araceae

Other common name(s):

  • Nana
  • Anubias nana

Native range:

Habitat: Marshes, stream and river banks, often shaded.

Maximum height: 30 cm (12 in)

Lighting: Low to moderate lighting.

Placement: In an area with good water flow and holdfasts in the form of rocks, driftwood, etc.

Water: Freshwater 22 °C (295 K, 72 °F) - 26 °C (299 K, 79 °F)

[edit] Overview

Anubias are tough plants that grow well even in less-than-desirable aquarium conditions. Grown in favorable conditions, they are truly magnificent.

[edit] Special Care

Because these perennials are so slow-growing, the leaves may acquire a coat of algae if kept in an overly fertilized environment.

[edit] Breeding/Propagation

From side shoots or dividing the rhizome. Seed.

[edit] Notes

Anubias are amphibious, creeping, broad-leaved plants. The roots form on a creeping rhizome. Anubias grow best when the rhizome is attached to rocks, driftwood, or other decorative substrate. Burying the roots and rhizome in substrate is not recommended. Because of its thick, leathery leaves, the slow-growing Anubias are ideal for aquaria with cichlids and other fishes that would not otherwise be candidates for a planted aquarium. As long as the rhizome is kept moist and the air humid, Anubias will grow and sometimes flower above the waterline, which makes these interesting paludarium specimens. In good light, new leaves are initially pale colored.

Reference: 101 Best Aquarium Plants
Image credit: MP & C Piednoir
Text credit: MES
Facts about AnubiasRDF feed
Common name Anubias  +, Nana  +, and Anubias nana  +
Family Araceae  +
Genus Anubias  +
Image credit MP & C Piednoir  +
Lighting Low to moderate lighting.  +
Maximum height 12 in  +
Native range West Africa  +
Placement In an area with good water flow and holdfasts in the form of rocks, driftwood, etc.  +
Reference 101 Best Aquarium Plants  +
Specific name barteri var. nana  +
Text credit MES  +
Water max temp 299 K (26 °C, 79 °F)  +
Water min temp 295 K (22 °C, 72 °F)  +
Water type Freshwater  +