Anubias plants, with their vibrant green leaves and hardy nature, have become a favorite among aquarium enthusiasts. Whether you're a seasoned aquarist or a beginner, incorporating Anubias into your aquatic setup can be a rewarding experience. In this blog, we'll explore what Anubias plants are, how to care for them, how to properly plant or place them in your aquarium, and we will discuss the numerous benefits these aquarium plants bring to your underwater world and their inhabitants.
What are Anubias Aquarium Plants?
Anubias is a genus of aquatic plants native to the tropical regions of Africa. These beautiful aquatic plants have found their way into aquariums worldwide and are prized additions to most aquariums due to their adaptability and striking appearance. Anubias plants are highly sought after for their sturdy, dark green, and broad leaves. Depending on the variant, Anubias’ leaves can be round, oval, or lanceolate in shape. There are many different variants available in our online store, including Anubias Nana, Anubias Barteri, Anubias Congensis, and more. Our store even offers Anubias already attached to a piece of driftwood or lava rock.
How to Care for Anubias
In addition to their beauty, their low maintenance is one of the key reasons Anubias plants became a favorite among aquarium hobbyists. Here's how to care for Anubias in your aquarium:
Lighting: Anubias plants are known for their tolerance to low light conditions, making them ideal for aquariums with low-tech setups and varying lighting conditions. However, they will thrive and display more vibrant colors and more robust growth when provided with moderate to high lighting.
Water Parameters: While Anubias plants prefer slightly acidic to neutral water, they will readily adapt to a wide range of water parameters and should thrive with a pH range of 6.0 to 8.0. The water temperature is not critical but should be maintained between 72°F to 82°F (22°C to 28°C). Good water quality and regular water changes will help the plants thrive.
Substrate: Anubias doesn't require a nutrient-rich substrate like some other aquatic plants. Instead, it can be anchored to aquarium decor, driftwood, or rocks. You can use dark thread or super glue to secure it. After a while, the plant will root into the hardscape naturally. However, Anubias can be planted in a substrate as long as their rhizome (the thick part of the root) is not buried.
Fertilization: While Anubias can thrive without additional fertilization, you can enhance its growth by providing liquid fertilizers rich in essential nutrients like potassium and iron. If planted in the substrate, you can insert root tabs near their roots to provide supplemental fertilization.
Propagation: Anubias can be propagated by dividing the rhizome. Carefully separate the plant into smaller sections, ensuring each section has a portion of the rhizome and a few leaves. Plant these sections in your desired locations within the aquarium.
Placement: Anubias are versatile plants, and given their tolerance for low light conditions, can be placed just about anywhere in an aquarium. Generally, it is your esthetic or tastes that will determine where they should be placed.
Benefits of Anubias in Aquariums
Incorporating Anubias, like any other live aquarium plants, into your aquarium offers several advantages:
Aesthetic Appeal: Anubias' lush, dark green leaves add an attractive and natural look to your aquatic environment. Their sturdy texture and vibrant green color can provide interesting visual contrast when planted among or next to other aquatic plants, including stem plants whose leaves come in different shapes and colors.
Oxygenation: Like all aquatic plants, Anubias plants oxygenate the water during photosynthesis, removing CO2 from the water and releasing oxygen, creating a healthier environment for your fish.
Algae Control: Anubias can help combat algae growth by competing for nutrients and shading the aquarium substrate. This can lead to a cleaner and more aesthetically pleasing tank. However, since Anubias are slow-growing plants, it is advisable to incorporate other fast-growing plants like Wisteria, Red Root Floater, or Duckweed as they will be much more efficient in absorbing excess nutrients from the water column.
Fish Habitat: Anubias' sturdy leaves provide shelter for small fish and fry, offering them a safe refuge from larger tankmates. They can also provide a surface for fish to lay their eggs on. Angelfish and Discus fish are known to spawn on the Anubias' broad and sturdy leaves.
Natural Behavior: Fish are known to graze on the microorganisms and algae that can develop on Anubias leaves. This encourages their natural foraging behavior. And there is nothing more enthralling than watching fish behave naturally in their aquatic environment. What’s more, fish that behave naturally are happy fish and more likely to spawn and live long and healthy lives.
In conclusion, Anubias plants are a beautiful and versatile addition to any aquarium. Their ease of care, adaptability, and aesthetic benefits make them a popular choice among aquarists. When properly cared for, Anubias can thrive in a variety of aquatic environments, contributing to the overall health and beauty of your underwater world. Consider adding Anubias to your aquarium and enjoy the benefits these plants bring to both your fish and your aquarium.