Anubias barteri var. nana – Species Profile

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

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”

The Natural Aquarium: Looking To Native River Systems for Inspiration

Bamboo Shrimp

I recently viewed a short film produced by National Geographic, which shows freshwater shrimp living in tropical streams. These streams in Puerto Rico have developed diverse populations of crustaceans in relatively small pools of water. These shrimp constantly feed on organic debris that collects in the pools, keeping them clean and clear. This results in bodies of water that are appealing to both animals and humans alike.

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Dwarf Sagittaria – Species Profile

Dwarf Sagittaria (Sagittaria subulata) is a rather hardy grass-like aquatic plant. It has long, thin, ribbon shaped leaves. Once established it grows rapidly and will quickly spread via runners along the substrate. For this reason it is a good beginner plant that is suitable for aquariums of all sizes.

Care Level: Easy
Preferred Water: pH 6.5 to 7.8, Soft to Medium Hardness
Minimum Lighting: Medium
Temperature: 72°F to 83°F (22°C to 28°C)
Leaf Size: Length, up to 12″ (~30 cm)

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