Anubias Barteri

Family:Araceae (arum family)

As far as I know there are no common names.

Anubias barteri is found in Tropical West Africa.

Anubias barteri is a rosette plant that can grow to about 16 inches tall.  The leaves are light green on a thick creeping rhizome (lighter green if it has less light).  Leaves  have a stem and are oval-lanceolate in shape.  It can be floated in the aquarium or only the roots planted in the gravel of the aquarium. I have also read that it can attach to wood just like a Java fern.  This plant propagates by side shoots on their original rhizome.  It can also have its rhizome divided as a way of propagating it.  The recommended requirements for A. Barteri is a temperature of 72-82 F  with a pH of 6.0-7.5

When I received this plant, I had two large pieces.  One I immediately placed in my 55 gallon tank.  The other I placed in my 25 gallon tank.   The one in my 55 grew very well so I divided into two pieces.  However they have become covered with red algae but continue to grow well (4") in spite of this.  These have small leaves about 1½" in length and are somewhat dark green.  The one in the 25 gallon did not grow as fast as the ones in the 55.  It grew much taller (5½") as I planted the roots in the ground.  It is much lighter in colour and its leaves are much bigger (2-2½").  One day I noticed a root growing over a leaf near the bottom of the plant.  This root went into the gravel.  From there I noticed a small rhizome that developed several small leaves.  This piece was knocked off the original plant by one of my fish during the night, but it keeps on growing.  Both my tanks receive a weekly 20% change.  My 55 has a double fluorescent and my 25 gallon has a single fluorescent bulb.  None of these plants were ever fertilized.

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Suggested Reading:

Aquarium Plants : Their Identification, Cultivation and Ecology by Karel Rataj & Thomas J. Horeman

Aquarium Plants Manual by Ines Scheurmann

To check other plant references:

Plant and Pond Book List

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