Petite Anubias nana (Anubias barteri var. “Petite nana”), Potted
This miniature Anubias variety has very easy care requirements and is perfect for the foreground and middle ground of the aquarium!
Petite Anubias nana (Anubias barteri var. “Petite nana”) is a very in-demand Anubias variety for the home aquarium. Unlike many plants, Petite Anubias nana attaches itself to and propagates on aquarium décor rather than growing with its roots buried in the substrate. “Petite” Anubias plants can grow to the same mass size as other similar plants of the genus, but their individual leaves are much smaller and more plentiful.
Petite Anubias nana is relatively rare because it is very slow growing. It only requires low to moderate lighting and nutrient rich water, although its growth rate can be increased through CO2 injection/supplementation. It reproduces through rhizome division. If it is planted in the substrate, Petite Anubias nana should not be planted with its rhizome (roots) buried in the substrate or it will rot and recede. Instead, it can be attached to rocks, driftwood and other decorations in the aquarium, or it can be planted on top of the substrate as long as the roots are not completely buried. It is a very durable plant and it can be kept in a wide variety of water parameters.
CO2 supplementation is beneficial, but not necessary for this plant. Like other Anubias varieties, Petite Anubias nana does not seem to benefit from further chemical supplementation, though it is not visibly harmed by them in a mixed plant aquarium.
What We Like About This Plant:
- Deep green foliage
- Thrives when attached to driftwood or rockwork
- Relatively uncommon
- Requires low to moderate lighting and little to no supplementation
- Temperature: 68 - 82° F (20 - 27.7° C)
- pH: 5.5 - 8.0
- Lighting: Low to moderate
- Origin: Farmed in Asia, but indigenous to Africa
- Aquarium placement: Any
- Care: Easy to moderate
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