Name: Anubias barteri|
Origin: Africa (Cameroun)|
I have a giant Anubias in the front of my 75 L Community tank. It's still relatively new so has not begun to produce flowers yet. It's stunning up front. Even more so when my Whiptail Cat attaches itself to a giant leaf and sways with the current. In my CO2 enriched tank the plant has shown vigorous growth under two 120 cm 40 W Vita-light fluorescent bulbs. I use Kent's Plant fertilizer once a week adding 2 and a half capfuls (approx. 12 mL) per 75 L.
Giant Anubias are one of the easiest plants to grow, and they look great too! They thrive in low light setups. The only downside to them is that they grow rather slowly.
These are similar to Anubias nana, except these get REALLY tall. I mean, TALL! Probably 14" or so. I don't own any of these (YET - and I stress "yet"), but there is nothing quite like some giant anubias in the back of a planted tank, with some other willowy plants in between the stalks. Any Anubias is a good Anubias. They are very undemanding, and will readily adapt to most water parameters. I cannot recommend them enough. They are wonderful for both beginners and advanced aquarists.
Anubias spp. are the best plants for any aquarium. They survive and THRIVE in any condition. They are strong, and can even stand ground against cichlids that will tear apart plants. A great plant for beginner and advanced hobbyist.
I had an anubias desecrated by pacus. I moved the pacus to a new tank and split the rhizome of the anubias. Although slow growing, both plants are now doing well and looking healthy. The anubias is a fantastically hardy plant, that does well in all water conditions and any lighting. Although I have found that the rhizome must not be planted in the substrate. The plant prefers the rhizome to be above the gravel and it shoots down spear-like roots to tap the substrate for nutrients. Great overall plant for beginners right through to experts.
I have giant anubias in a 470 L aquarium. Regardless of people telling me they require low light, I put them under a polo like, with 90 Watts of 50/50 Coral Sun and 60 Watts of Sun-Glo. Also 60 Watts of Flora-Glo, 60 Watts of Marine-Glo and 60 Watts of Life-Glo. All I'm trying to say is, with all this lighting I get about 2 new leaves on every plant every 3 weeks. Not one has lost a leaf in 2 years.