This Anubias variety is smaller than other varieties and is a perfect plant for the aquarium foreground!
Petite Anubias Nana (Anubias barteri “Petite Nana”) is an extra small variant of Anubias barteri that is very popular in the aquarium hobby. It is easily identifiable by its diminutive size. Like virtually all Anubias plants, it is extremely hardy, undemanding, and can thrive in a variety of water parameters. While most Anubias look best in the midground of the aquarium, Petite Anubias Nana is perfect for the foreground.
Care for Petite Anubias Nana is identical to other Anubias plants. It is best placed in the foreground 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 Petite Anubias Nana 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.
What We Like About This Plant:
- Tissue cultures contain no unwanted pest animals or algae
- Excellent for the low-light aquarium foreground
- 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: Foreground
- Care: Easy