Anubias coffeefolia (potted), Anubias barteri var. “coffeefolia”
Anubias coffeefolia (Anubias barteri var. “coffeefolia”) is one of the many variants of Anubias barteri. Like virtually all Anubias plants, it is extremely hardy, undemanding, and can thrive in a variety of water parameters. As far as its appearance, this variant is unique in that it has visibly “ruffled,” oval-shaped leaves. Also, in its early stages, its leaves are often brown in coloration. As the plant grows, this brown coloration eventually turns to the deep green that is typical of Anubias plants. Most of our specimens have already developed past the “brown” period of growth.
Care for Anubias coffeefolia is identical to other Anubias plants. It is best placed in the middle ground and will look its best under low to moderate lighting. Excessive lighting can result in unattractive, pesky algae growth on its leaves. However, this algae growth can easily be kept under control in an aquarium with a healthy population of shrimp (especially Amano shrimp) that will constantly graze on the algae without harming the Anubias plant itself. Most herbivorous animals will not harm Anubias coffeefolia whatsoever, although some bio-fim/”wood-eating” Panaque genus plecos may “chew” holes in its leaves. Like many Anubias species, this plant is slow and steady in growth and does not seem to respond significantly to CO2 supplementation. It does best when attached to driftwood or rockwork. It can be planted in the substrate but its rhizome (roots) must not be buried in the substrate or it will rot and recede. It can also be planted emersed in terrariums, paludariums, and viquariums.
Like most plants, Anubias coffeefolia will benefit from supplementation such as Seachem Flourish, Flourish Excel, Nitrogen and other plant supplements.
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What We Like About This Plant:
- Extremely versatile and durable
- Attractive ruffled leaves with deep green coloration
- Thrives when tied/attached to aquarium driftwood and rockwork
- Requires low to moderate lighting and little to no supplementation in nutrient-rich water
- Temperature: 72-80° F (22-27° C)
- pH: 5.5-9.0
- Lighting: Low to Moderate
- Origin: Indigenous to Africa, cultivated in US nurseries
- Aquarium Placement: Middle
- Care: Easy