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Anubias Nana

Anubias Nana is a rhizome growing plant. It is similar to java fern in that it should not have it’s rhizome buried, but rather it should be tied to a rock, or driftwood or other decoration to help anchor it in the aquarium. Over time, it’s roots will help hold it to the decoration, wood or rock. Anubias Nana is a fairly easy to grow plant tolerating low light and moderate growth rate (one or two leaves a week is not unheard of.) This is also known as dwarf anubias. It has been considered a cast iron plant and can growth out of water as well.

To propagate anubias nana you can cut the rhizome and make sure to leave several leaves in each part. It should then start growing form both halves.

No special care is required for these, they have nice rounded leaves that are a bit thicker than many other aquarium plants. Apparently these leaves don’t taste very good to fish. With brighter lighting these are more susceptible to algae growth on the leaves. The leaves will be darker in brighter light and paler green in lower lighting.

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February 11, 2011 - 9:32 PM