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Anubias nana
Dwarf Anubias

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I keep various Anubias plants together. I have found even though it is a relatively slow growing plant, it does best in a well lighted and well established tank. All Anubias plants have thick broad leaf structure resembling of its sun loving terrestrial cousins. You can treat them much like a geranium. The more light it gets the darker, denser and larger the leaves will be. Just as important is a well-fertilized substrate. I place them over 5-8 cm of fine gravel, just larger than sand. Mixed 2 parts to 1 with Laterite. Then an 3-5 cm of natural 5 mm gravel, with large kidney bean size clumps of laterite pushed in a few cm. Placing the oldest end just into the gravel and leaving the remainder on top. Making sure to gently push the roots under the gravel to hold it in place. Once the roots hit a laterite tablet. You will see some growth. It also helps to ad some liquid cleated iron in with a 20% water change every now and then, about every 3 or 4 months. My plants average 2 new leaves per week. My nana flowers about once a month. Sometimes having as many as 5 flowers at once. To help keep my plants from getting covered by algae, I have added dense pockets of various cryptocorynes, Aponogetons, and Vallisneria. Having a small Plecostomus and a few Otocinclus in the tank helps also.

Contributed by VH McCray

I have recently set up a 70 litre tank with a small Anubias plant already attached to some wood. Already, within three weeks, it has grown and produced, much to my joy, two stunning white 'peace lily' flowers. I definitely recommend getting one for small to medium sized tanks.

Contributed by D Walters

I have two of these in a 150 L tank. One has crept onto a teracotta pot and rooted itself to the face of the pot that isn't shaded by my Foxtail Cabomba. The other is just rooted right in the gravel next to ceramic pipe. They have gotten nice and full. I love them, but they seem somewhat prone to having algae grow on them without algae eating fish or invertebrates. They are a light hungry plant and only really thrive in direct light. Mine have partial all day sun so they do very well. I have seen, but not had my plants get to the point where their root column turns from green to a woody beige and they start spreading out to the surface. This is when they need light the most I have been told. Mine are great broad leafed things. They are also a lot lighter in color, but still a healthy green.

Contributed by Tatsu Oyama

This plant is awesome! I have two of them in a 10 liter betta tank, and one has bloomed. I was excited to see the bloom, because none of my other plants in my 100 liter have survived because of my two silver dollars. This is a very hardy, pretty plant.

Contributed by Heather Gwynn

Anubias are great. I have an A. nana that I have had for about 10 years. You can easily propagate them by cutting part of the rhizome (with a single leaf attached) and then stick it into substrate. You can keep them dwarfed this way too; keep them beneath the larger Anubias, and you can keep them smaller than the stock plant.

Contributed by a visitor

Our A. nana was under heavy attack by green spot algae (covered whole leaves) but the usual algae-eaters (SAE, oto, bristlenose pleco) didn't touch it. Nitrate was about zero. 96 Watt light on 150 L breeder tank. Then we added CO2 and fertilizers in the heavily planted tank and in several weeks the algae vanished, probably due to markedly increased growth. Nitrate is now maintained at about 5-10 ppm. I like the way the flowers stream tiny 02 bubbles.

Contributed by Gary Turner

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