Anubias nana is a dwarf plant, they can be used to cover the substrate of
the aquarium. This also gives the fishes enough space to swim through the tank. They oxygenate the water and also control the nitrate levels in the tank. In this article, we would understand the basic information about anubias nana which should be known to every hobbyist who would want to use them in their aquarium
Anubias Nana Plant – Overview
|Common Name||Dwarf Anubias|
|Color||The color of the leaves is dark green. The flowers are creamy|
white in color
|Habitat/Origin||They are native to Africa – Cameroon, and Nigeria. But a lot|
of aquarium plants are seen in Asia
|Average Size||They can grow up to 7.5 inches|
|Growth Rate||They are slow growers and this means less trimming & maintenance|
|Placement||They are ideal to be placed anywhere from background to|
foreground and this is depending on the scope
|Maintenance||Trimming of the stem when they become longer is the only|
major maintenance required of these plants
|Planting Methods||They can be planted in the substrate with the root tabs above the substrate. However, if we want floating Anubias Nana, we can place them attached to decorations as the roots can wrap around the object|
|Ideal Setup||A 10-gallon tank can accommodate this plant. A soft substrate is preferable. Place them at a distance of 2.5 inches. Do not|
place them in shade but in a place where the lighting is good
|Care Level||They are easy to take care of and they can be grown fully submerged or partially submerged|
|Supplements||The plants get the required nutrients from the water itself. If the growth is slow, then nutrient supplements can be used. In general nutrient-rich substrate and CO2 from fishes is sufficient for these plants.|
|Lighting||In the wild, full sunlight helps in photosynthesis. In the|
aquarium, however, the standard aquarium light is enough for
these plants to grow. Make sure they are not kept in shady
|Water temperature||The temperature should be around 72-82 degrees Fahrenheit with a pH between 6 and 7.5|
|Propogation||Propagation happens by rhizome division. When the stem|
falls off in the substrate, a new plant is grown. For us to cut the stem, we need to make sure that each cut stem has at least three to five leaves for them to photosynthesis and develop into individual plants.
|Approx. Cost||Anubias nana is commonly available in almost every local fish store and they cost between 3 to 5 USD and in southeast Asia and India they are almost at the same price|
|Common Diseases||The rotting Anubias rhizome produces discolored leaves. The|
rotten or unhealthy rhizome can be identified by its texture. It
will be squishy in texture. A healthy one will be firm.
|What to look for when buying||Brightly colored leaves or flowers are signs of a healthy plant.|
Hence go for the plants which have good coloration along
with a strong stem.
|Related Specifies||Anubias afzelii, Anubias barteri, Anubias gigantea|
|FAQs||Check out the most asked questions about Anubias nana|
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