The Anubias Barteri Plant
Aquariums and outdoor ponds are a beautiful addition to any home or office. Those exuberant fish can really brighten your day, make you smile and change your mood. However, no aquarium or pond would be complete without live aquatic plants. The Anubias Barteri Plant is just one of the many aquatic plants that you can choose from. What is so great about this aquatic plant? Well, let me tell you!
What is the Anubias Barteri Plant? Where was it from originally?
The genus, Anubias, is part of the Araceae family which is originally from central and western Africa. The Anubias Barteri Plant is a tough little aquatic plant that has been farm raised in the United States of America. This plant is part of the amphibious group, which means that it can be entirely or partially submerged in water and survive just fine.
What does the Anubias Barteri Plant look like?
Anubias Barteri Plants have leaves, or foliage, that form a similar shape to that of an arrow. These leaves are not fragile in the least and would probably not be the best munching plant for your fish. However, it is considered hardy and a great choice for first-time aquarium owners. The appearance is desirable for aquariums because the plant can be placed anywhere and would provide intense color to the display. These bright, as well as healthy leaves, are what you should look for when planning to buy an Anubias Barteri Plant. Thick rhizomes and strong, healthy roots are essential for proper transplant and an attractive tank.
*Avoid buying plants that have been neglected, are damaged, or are growing algae*
Where does the Anubias Barteri Plant grow?
The Araceae plant family is native to specific regions of Africa. This family currently has various genus and subspecies including the Anubias Barteri Plant. The plant is not found in the United States, naturally. In fact, they are farm raised and can be grown almost anywhere provided the proper conditions.
How does the Anubias Barteri Plant grow and thrive?
This genus of the plant is considered very easy to take care of and is perfect for beginners. The main factors to growing a healthy Anubias Barteri Plant is:
- Proper lighting
- Adequate water quality
- Correct planting method
If you follow these three elements correctly, then your Anubias should flourish.
- Proper lighting:
They can survive in various degrees of light to dark, but, you should do your best to keep the light source as consistent as possible (not unreliable like sunlight). If you provide a light source that is 3 watts per gallon or less, then your plant will grow slowly. If you would prefer your plant to grow more quickly, then you will need to provide a light source that exudes higher wattage per gallon. Be prepared for algae also to produce with higher wattage. Choose a light source that is slightly greater than 3 watts per gallon and you should not have a problem. If you can provide a dimming light that you can control then do so. The brightness of lights can be adjusted if need be to suit the inhabitants better.
- Adequate water quality:
The Anubias Barteri plant and other Anubias plants enjoy the same water conditioned as most freshwater aquariums. This plant prefers a pH level of 6.5 to 7.8. This range is within the parameters of goldfish aquarium requirements as well (pH of 7 to 7.4). Their needs are also similar in water temperature as this plant thrives in water 72ºF to 78ºF (Goldfish thrive in 68ºF to 75ºF). However, goldfish require large aquariums and usually do not survive in small ones. The Anubias Barteri Plant is happy in a tank of any size and any shape.
- Correct planting method:
Any of the Anubias plants can thrive in gravel or substrate. They can even be tied with fishing line to rocks, driftwood, or décor which would expose the roots rather than bury them. It is vital that you do not cover the entire rhizome if you choose to bury the roots in gravel or substrate. The rhizome should remain above the gravel or substrate so that you can still see it. If you wish to tie the plant, then there are some steps you can take.
- How to properly tie your Anubias Barteri Plant:
- First, purchase some fishing line, the plant (make sure it is healthy), find some scissors and choose the rock, driftwood, or décor piece you want to tie it to (lava rocks work well).
- Next, place the plant on the piece in a way that you find desirable. Use the fishing line to tie the plant to the piece in that particular Do not tighten the line too much, nor leave it loose enough for the plant to detach once it is in the water.
- Using the scissors, remove any extra length of fishing line once your plant is secure. The extra length of the fishing line can pose a danger to your aquarium’s inhabitants.
- Finally, place the piece and the plant inside the tank, carefully, as not to damage any other plants, fish, or décor. Once your plant has taken root inside the décor, lava rock or driftwood then you can feel confident about removing the fishing line.
Who can benefit from the Anubias Barteri Plant?
These plants would do exceptionally well in an aquarium with:
- Snails and other algae eaters: algae are bound to develop eventually, and an aquarium with these helpful creatures will thrive and the creatures will too!
- Shy fish: if you have a couple of fish that prefer to be alone or are new then they may find comfort hiding under the Anubias’s big arrow-shaped
- Goldfish: Goldfish are omnivores and usually will eat anything in sight. However, they are less likely to eat this plant as the leaves are too tough for them. So, your tank will look great, your plant will be safe, and if you provide a few tender plants, then your goldfish will be happy as well.
- Turtles: while this plant is too tough for fish, it is a perfect munching plant for turtles and similar aquatic animals.