Anubias nana (Anubias barteri var. “Nana”) is a well-known variant of Anubias nana that is well known in the aquarium hobby due to its attractive appearance, durability, and ease of care. Its thick, deep green leaves stand out and provide valuable refuge for aquatic animals. Like virtually all Anubias plants, it is extremely hardy, undemanding, and can thrive in a variety of water parameters.
Care for Anubias nana is identical to other Anubias plants. Its ideal placement in the aquarium is in the middle ground, and it 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 nana whatsoever, although some bio-fim or ”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 because it will rot and recede. It can also be planted emersed in terrariums, paludariums, and viquariums.
(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)
What We Like About This Plant:
- Deep green leaves that are not seen in other Anubias varieties
- 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-richh water
- Temperature: 72° - 80° F (22° - 27° C)
- pH: 5.5 - 9.0
- Lighting: Low to moderate
- Origin: Indigenous to Africa
- Aquarium placement: Middle
- Care: Easy