Anubias barteri var. nana – Species Profile

A lovely example of Anubias barteri var. nana. by Carnat Joel. Source: flickr.com

Anubias barteri var. nana is one of five variations of the species Anubias barteri. Barteri is one of the smallest species of anubias, of which there are currently eight recognized. Like all species of Anubias, the plant grows attached to rocks or wood and can grow either underwater or above the water surface. Its long, tendril like roots hang into the water column to absorb nutrients. Due to its shady natural habitat, Anubias tend to be slow growing plants.

Care Level: Easy
Preferred Water: pH 6.0 to 7.5, Soft
Minimum Lighting: Low
Temperature: 72°F to 82°F (22°C to 28°C)
Leaf Size: Length, up to 2.5″ to 3″ (6.3 cm to 7.6 cm) Continue reading “Anubias barteri var. nana – Species Profile”

Top 10 Beginner Aquarium Plants

Many aquarium hobbyists start out with something like the Tetra 3 Gallon Aquarium Kit (which I own and love) and a couple plastic plants, and things are going great! Maybe they add a few fancy guppies, and now there are fry all over the place! Awesome! Now they are thinking, “Maybe I’ll get some LIVE plants to really jazz this puppy up.” Then they drive over to PetSmartCo® and pick up some dwarf baby tears… and it completely fails. Now that poor hobbyist decides plants are too much trouble and totally not worth it!

I would like to avoid this scenario in the future by putting together a list of 10 relatively easy aquarium plants for beginners. I have picked out these plants because they are pretty forgiving with the amount of light they need, nutrient demands, and ease of planting and trimming. These plants definitely do not need any pressurized CO2 or any other bells and whistles.

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