Anubias Barteri Var. Nana Petite

Anubias Specie Tank

Before I left to Australia I had the opportunity to visit my friend’s house who has a beautiful fish and plant room; with his permission I was allowed to take these pictures and post them for you all to see just how healthy his plants are – I personally had never seen so many Anubias’ in one tank AND I didn’t even take pictures of the other tanks, there are easily another 4-6 tanks (if not more) of them filled with plants of the Anubias specie.

One of the greatest things is that his set up is extremely basic – rock wool as a substrate, no fertilization unless he’s doing a water change on the tank, and very simple shop lights (T8’s/T12’s)

I cannot remember all the species in which he is keeping in these tanks but off the top of my head I believe he has the following:

Anubias Barteri Var. Barteri
Anubias Barteri Var. Congensis
Anubias Barteri Var. ‘Nana’
Anubias Barteri Var. ‘Nana Petite
Anubias Frazeri
Anubias Lanceolata


Enjoy the pictures & I hope to have some Cryptocoryne updates for you all soon!


Anubias Barteri Var. ‘Nana Petite’

Anubias Barteri Var. ‘Nana Petite’ is a great plant to add onto driftwood or to attach to rock pieces like lava rock; due to it’s smaller leaves in comparison to most Anubias species, this plant makes a great foreground plant.

All Anubias species are slow growing plants which prefer shaded conditions, although they will grow under med/high light but you may have algae issues since the leaves take so long to grow.

Anubias species can always be quite expensive, here in Canada Anubias is commonly sold at $1 per leaf for the Barteri species and can increase significantly when dealing with species like Coffeefolia or Bangkok.

The great thing about Anubias is their tolerability to a wide variety of conditions like temperature and PH; however Anubias is best grown in either hard water or acidic water with low light, in the neutral PH state Anubias does not grow as well.

As always here are the specs of the tank it’s being kept in:

PH- 7.4 at night, 6.5 during the day when CO2 is on.
Temperature- 74-76
Lighting- 30″ Dual bulb T5HO – 6700k and Rosette bulb (7 hours per day). 24″ Dual bulb T5HO – 6700k and Rosette bulb (2 hours per day during the middle of the 7 hour lighting period)
Filtration- Marineland C220 Canister Filter
Substrate- Flourite Dark, Flourite Red, Flourite Black Sand, Muriate of Potash, Dolomite, Mineralized Top Soil, and Natural red clay from the earth.
Water Changes- X 1 a week
Dosing- Alternate Micro and Macro ( 1 day Micro, 1 Day Macro, etc)

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