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Anubias Barteri, the superhero of beginner plants that practically refuses to be defeated. Seriously, you'd need a plant rebellion to harm this resilient beauty. Picture this: a horizontal rhizome and vertical leaves, a bit like Anubias Nana but with bigger, bolder leaves.
Now, the golden rule: when planting Anubias Barteri, treat that rhizome like royalty. Don't bury it; let it breathe! Only the roots get the underwater real estate treatment or attach it to some driftwood or rocks for that aquascaping finesse.
Feeling like a plant magician? Propagate it by cutting the rhizome in half and relocating the cutting to a fresh area. It's like creating twins that just keep on growing!
Whether it's a driftwood embrace or a rocky attachment, Anubias Barteri is all about versatility. Plant it if you fancy, but keep that horizontal rhizome or stem above the substrate for maximum happiness. And guess what? The propagation fun doesn't end there. Snip the rhizome into smaller sections, leaving 2-3 leaves per section for a thriving Anubias family.
Broad, arrow-shaped leaves: Anubias barteri has broad, arrow-shaped leaves that can grow up to 10 inches long. The leaves are typically dark green, but there are also varieties with brown, yellow, or striped leaves.
Rhizome growth: Anubias barteri grows through a rhizome, which is a horizontal stem that grows along the substrate. The rhizome is attached to the substrate by roots, which help anchor the plant and absorb nutrients.
Adaptability and Care:
Water temperature: Anubias barteri is a tropical plant that prefers water temperatures between 72 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
Water pH: Anubias barteri can tolerate a wide range of pH levels, from 6.5 to 7.5.
Lighting: Anubias barteri can tolerate low to medium lighting. It can tolerate higher lighting levels, but the leaves may become lighter in color.
Nutrients: Anubias barteri is a slow-growing plant that does not require a lot of nutrients. However, it may benefit from occasional fertilization with a low-nitrogen, high-phosphorus fertilizer.
Visual appeal: Anubias barteri is a beautiful plant that can add a touch of elegance to any aquarium. The broad, arrow-shaped leaves provide a lush, tropical look.
Hiding places: Anubias barteri provides excellent hiding places for fish fry, shrimp, and other small aquatic creatures.
Water quality: Anubias barteri helps to filter the water by absorbing excess nutrients. This can help to prevent algae growth and improve water quality.
Care Level: Easy
Lighting Requirement: Low
Co2: Not Needed
Growth Rate: Slow
Origin: North America
Tank Placement: Foreground - Mid-ground attached to rocks or driftwood.
Tank Size: Any size, because Anubias plants grow slowly they are great for any sized aquarium.