Anubias Barteri Care: Simple And Straighforward

Anubias Barteri: Plant Types, Care, Propagation & Algae

Anubias Barteri Plant Leaves
Anubias Plants

Anubias Barteri is one of the more popular and resilient of the freshwater aquarium plants. Anubias Barteri is hardy, so its a great plant for beginners. Anubias Barteri is noted for its thick rhizome, strong root structure and durable green leaves. Depending on variety, Anubias Barteri makes a great foreground, midground or even a background plant. Either way, it can add a long lasting splash of rich green color to an aquarium.

Questions regarding Anubias Barteri often come from the following areas:

When Buying Anubias, What Should I Look For?

Where Can I See Anubias Pictures?

What Are Some Of The Different Anubias Plant Types Available?

Is Anubias Care Easy Or Difficult?

What About Anubias And Reproduction?

Why Do My Anubias Leaves Have Algae On Them?

Buying Anubias Barteri: What To Look For

Anubias Barteri Held By Suction Cup
Suction Cup

Anubias plants are available for sale a couple of different ways. Anubias plants are often sold as bareroot plants taken right from the gravel in the store tank. Anubias plants may also be sold potted in a little plastic container. Other times, Anubias plants may be sold attached to things like a lava rock, drift wood, suction cup, or other decoration. When buying Anubias Barteri, look for plants with lush green leaves, a thick rhizome and a healthy set of roots. Try to avoid plants that have cracked or broken leaves, or leaves with holes in them. Also, try to avoid plants that have algae visible growing on them.

Anubias Barteri Pictures Gallery

Healthy Anubias Barteri LeafAnubias Plant For A Freshwater AquariumAnubias Barteri Flower, Closeup

Anubias Barteri Showing Rhizome

Anubias Barteri: Planted Rhizome In Substrate

Rhizome Closeup On Anubias Barteri Plant

Anubias Barteri: Plant Crown Upclose

Anubias Plant Roots Upclose

Aquarium Plants: Anubias Barteri

Anubias Plant: Easy Freshwater Aquarium Plants

Anubias Plant Stem

Anubias Plant Stem, Upclose

Anubias Plant: Leaf Dying

Anubias Plant: Leaf Damage On Tip

Anubias Plant Tip Damage

Anubias Plant Leaf: Crack Damage

Anubias Plant Leaf: Hole Forming Slowly

Anubias Plant: Leaf Damage Upclose

Anubias Barteri Leaf Dying, Underside View

Anubias Barteri Leaf Damage

Anubias Barteri Growth Is Slow And Steady

Anubias Plant Types: Many Varieties

There are many different anubias plant types on the market. Hobbyists will often see anubias plant types marketed as anubias barteri var. barteri, for example, with the “var.” referring to the specific variety of plant. Some anubias plant types are more common than others. Hobbyists may come across the likes of: Anubias barteri barteri, Anubias barteri round leaf, Anubias barteri broad leaf, Anubias barteri glabra, and Anubias barteri caladiifolia. Other types include:

Anubias Coffeefolia: A Foreground To Midground Plant

Often available as either a potted or bare root plant, Anubias Coffeefolia is a small, hardy foreground plant. Anubias Coffeefolia can be great for tropical community tank, or a shrimp or snail tank.

Anubias Coffeefolia Plant In A PotAnubias Coffeefolia Leaf UpcloseAnubias Coffeefolia Color Is Lush GreenAnubias Coffeefolia Rhizome And Stems Upclose

Anubias Coffeefolia Roots, Closeup

Anubias Coffeefolia Showing Leaf Damage

Anubias Hastifolia: A Midground To Background Plant

Anubias Hastifolia Leaf Looking Lush GreenAnubias Hastifolia Leaf Damage UpcloseAnubias Hastifolia Rhizome Closeup

Anubias Hastifolia Rhizome

Anubias Hastifolia Roots Closeup

Anubias Nana: A Foreground Plant

Anubias Nana Showing Leaf DamageAnubias Nana Showing Leaf Tip DamageAnubias Nana Rhizome Upclose

Anubias Nana Roots And Rhizome

Anubias Nana Roots, Closeup

Anubias Care Is Easy And Straightforward

Anubias Care Is Easy
Anubias Care: Easy

Healthy anubias care involves three broad areas: water parameters, lighting needs and planting methods. Anubias care is pretty easy, making it a good plant for hobbyists just starting out. Anubias can do well in tanks of any size or shape.

Water Parameters: One of the reasons anubias care is easy is due to the fact that aquarium water conditions are consistent with those for a community freshwater tank, and can even be a bit broader:

Aquarium pH: 6.5 – 7.8
Water Temperature: 72 – 78 Degrees Fahrenheit
Appropriate Tank Size: Small to Large

Green Spot Algae On Anubias Plant Leaf
Green Spot Algae

Lighting Requirements: Another reason anubias care is easy is because its lighting needs are simple. Anubias Barteri can thrive is a wide range of lighting conditions from low light to higher levels of light. In low light tanks, meaning 1.8 to 3 watts per gallon, anubias plants will grow slowly. At higher lighting levels, anubias plants may grow more quickly, but will also be more susceptible to algae growth on the tops of their leaves.

Rhizome And Roots On Anubias Barteri Plant
Rhizome and roots

Planting Methods: Anubias plants can grow in aquarium gravel, aquarium substrate, attached to rocks, driftwood, or decorations. While aquarium gravel may be adequate, anubias plants seem to do much better when planted in nutrient rich substrate or when attached to porous rocks or driftwood. My personal preference is substrate. Another aspect of anubias care relates to planting. When planting Anubias Barteri its important to not completely bury the rhizome. Instead, make sure the rhizome is on top of the substrate so that the rhizome visible to the eye.

Anubias Propagation: Cutting The Rhizome

When an Anubias plant grows to a decent size a hobbyist may want to think about cutting the plant into two or more new plants. This is what a hobbyist would call anubias propagation. The process is not difficult.

Anubias Propagation: Take the plant out of the water. Carefully using a sharp blade, cut the rhizome into two or more pieces, making sure to leave at least three or four healthy leaves on each new section of rhizome. Also make sure to not damage the roots in the process. Plant the new pieces back in the substrate keeping in mind not bury the rhizome. And that’s all there is to it.

Anubias Leaves And Algae

Anubias Barteri: Black Algae Growth On Leaves
Thick algae buildup

Because Anubias plants are slow growing and their leather-like leaves will not move back and forth in the water very much, Anubias leaves are ideal places for algae to grow. So its a good idea to keep Anubias plants in areas of a tank that get shade. Keeping Anubias plants under the cover of plants like Brazilian Pennywort or Water Sprite can provide shade, for example. Along these lines, its also a good idea to keep Anubias plants in areas where the water current is moving moderately.

Algae Growth Upclose

Ghost Shrimp Has Orange Stripes On FeelersAnubias Barteri Plant: With Otocinclus CatfishPond Snail Eating Algae Growing On Anubias Barteri Leaf

Anubias Barteri: Pond Snails Eating Algae

Anubias Barteri With Red Cherry Shrimp

Anubias Plant, Algae On Leaf

Anubias Barteri Leaf: Black Algae Growth

Anubias Barteri: Green Spot Algae

Anubias Barteri: Black Algae, Closeup

Anubias Barteri Lighting And Algae Growth

Amazon Sword And Anubias Barteri Plants With Algae On Leaves

Anubias Barteri: Algae Growth Can Be An Issue

Anubias Plant Leaf With Algae

Anubias Barteri: Algae Growth On Leaf Edge

Anubias Plant Leaf, Algae Growth

Anubias Algae Buildup On Leaf Surface

Anubias Plant Leaf, Algae Growth

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