Anubias Nangi (Anubias barteri "Nana" x Anubias gilletii) Tissue Culture
This interesting Anubias hybrid is not widely known, but it is a superb aquarium plant!
Anubias Nangi (Anubias barteri “Nana” x Anubias gilletii) is an Anubias hybrid that was developed decades ago but is not extremely well-known in the aquarium hobby. It has relatively long and pointed leavese, which set it apart from many more common Anubias plants. Like virtually all Anubias plants, it is extremely hardy, undemanding, and can thrive in a variety of water parameters.
Care for Anubias Nangi is identical to other Anubias plants. It is best placed in the midground and will look its best under low to moderate lighting. Excessive lighting can result in unattractive and 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 or Short Nose Shrimp), snails, and/or algae-eating fish that will constantly graze on the algae without harming the Anubias plant itself. Most herbivorous animals will not harm Anubias Nangi 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 thrives 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.
This listing is for the tissue culture form of Anubias Nangi. Tissue cultures are superior to traditional forms of aquarium plants in many ways. They are produced in a completely sterile environment which eliminates the possibility of them carrying pest snails or algae spores. They have a shelf life (before introduction to the aquarium) of several months if properly maintained and they are housed in a nutrient gel until introduced to the aquarium. To introduce a tissue culture plant to the aquarium, simply rinse off as much nutrient gel as possible, then plant as usual. The nutrient gel will not harm your aquarium.
What We Like About This Plant:
- Tissue cultures contain no unwanted pest animals or algae
- Excellent for the low-light aquarium midground
- Extremely versatile and durable
- 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: Lab-grown tissue culture, but indigenous to Africa
- Aquarium placement: Midground
- Care: Easy
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