Mini Anubias Kirin (Anubias sp. 'Mini Kirin') - Bare Root
This rare miniature Anubias variant is known for its ruffled, dark green leaves and it is not often seen in the aquarium hobby!
Mini Anubias Kirin (Anubias sp. 'Mini Kirin') is an extremely uncommon specie/variant that has potential for rather lush growth. Like virtually all Anubias plants, it is extremely hardy, undemanding, and can thrive in a variety of water parameters. It has distinctive ruffled leaves that are different than several other related species and varieties. It is slow-growing and can thrive in a low-light, low-tech setup. It is possible that it is one of the many variants of Anubias Nana (Anubias barteri 'Nana'), but we have not yet been able to confirm this.
Care for Mini Anubias Kirin is identical to other Anubias plants. Its ideal placement in the aquarium is in the foreground to midground, and it will look 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 plant itself. Most herbivorous animals will not harm Mini Anubias Kirin whatsoever, although some bio-film or ”wood-eating” Panaque genus plecos may “chew” holes in its leaves. Larger crayfish species can also be a threat.
Like many Anubias species, this plant is slow and steady in growth and does not seem to respond significantly to CO2 supplementation. It best thrives when attached to driftwood or rockwork. This plant can be planted in the substrate, but its rhizome (roots) must not be buried in the substrate because it will rot and recede. It can also be planted emersed in terrariums, paludariums, and vivariums.
Like most plants, Anubias Kirin may benefit from supplementation such as Seachem Flourish, Flourish Excel, nitrogen, and other plant supplements.
No aquarium plant distributor/nursery/wholesaler/retailer can or will guarantee their plants to be 100% snail free. We can not guarantee our plants will be snail free.
- Extremely versatile and durable
- Ruffled leaves
- Thrives when tied/attached to aquarium driftwood and rockwork
- Requires low to moderate lighting and little to no supplementation in nutrient-rich water
- Less common than many other Anubias plants
- Temperature: 68° - 86° F (20° - 30° C)
- pH: 5.5 - 9.0
- Lighting: Low to moderate
- Origin: Indigenous to Africa, but cultivated in nurseries
- Aquarium placement: Midground to Background
- Care: Easy