Anubias Nana - Planted Tank Mates

Anubias Nana

5” | Midground | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Medium

Column Feeder

Anubias barteri var. nana

Characteristics:

Max Size: 5″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Medium

Tank Mates

Anubias Nana, also known as Dwarf Anubias is a smaller version of Anubias Barteri.  They can be tied to rocks, driftwood or wedged between hardscapes.  It’s a column feeding plant so don’t bury it too deep in soil or the rhizome can rot.

Notes

One of the most popular aquarium plants.  It’s very hardy and easy to grow.  It’s a column feeder, so no need for expensive soil but do use liquid fertilizer.

https://plantedtankmates.com/aquarium-plants-for-beginners/

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Description

5” | Midground | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Medium

Column Feeder

5” | Foreground | Medium

Co2: Medium | Light: Low

Root Feeder

12” | Background | Medium

Co2: Medium | Light: High

Root Feeder

3” | Foreground | Easy

Co2: None | Light: Low

Root Feeder

7” | Background | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Medium

Column Feeder

6” | Foreground | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Column Feeder

Content

Anubias barteri var. nana

Characteristics:

Max Size: 5"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Medium

Tank Mates

Anubias Nana, also known as Dwarf Anubias is a smaller version of Anubias Barteri.  They can be tied to rocks, driftwood or wedged between hardscapes.  It's a column feeding plant so don't bury it too deep in soil or the rhizome can rot.

Notes

One of the most popular aquarium plants.  It's very hardy and easy to grow.  It's a column feeder, so no need for expensive soil but do use liquid fertilizer.

https://plantedtankmates.com/aquarium-plants-for-beginners/

Hydrocotyle tripartita

Characteristics:

Max Size: 5"

Care Level: Medium

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Foreground

Parameters

Co2: Low - Medium

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Low foreground plants are great for invertebrates and bottom feeders to graze and hide.

Notes

Hydrocotle Japan make great foreground and midground plants.  The clover-like appearance of this plant creates a unique carpet experience.  It’s very hardy, undemanding and can quickly cover your foreground.  High lighting will help this plant grow low and spread.  Insufficient lighting will have the clovers reaching for the sky.  CO2 again will help with density and compactness.

Compare carpet plant options and select the next one for your planted tank See the diagrams on how you can setup CO2 for your aquarium

Rotala Rotundifolia

Characteristics:

Max Size: 12″

Care Level: Medium

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder + Water Column

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: Medium

Light Level: High

Tank Mates

Great for community fish, shrimp and snails

Notes

Rotala Rotundifolia is actually an easy plant to grow, but getting the red colors involves more CO2, lighting and iron dosing.  Propagating is at easy as trimming the top and replanting in the soil.  A good substrate will help with red colors and growth.

Read more about how to maintain Red Aquarium Plants See the diagrams on how you can setup CO2 for your aquarium

Cryptocoryne Parva

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Foreground + Carpet

Parameters

Co2: Not Required, but grows faster with

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Great for community fish and creates a nice habitat for bottom dwellers.

Notes

Very slow growing plant.  They tend to melt when first introduced underwater.  New sprouts will grow over time.  Algae can grow on their leaves, so keeping them in partial shade is OK.  Supplement with root feeders to keep them healthy and thriving.

https://plantedtankmates.com/aquarium-plants-for-beginners/

Anubias barteri

Characteristics:

Max Size: 7"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Medium

Tank Mates

Anubias Barteri can be plated in soil or gravel, tied to rocks, driftwood or other substrate

Notes

One of the most popular aquarium plants.  It's very hardy and easy to grow.  It's a column feeder, so no need for expensive soil but do use liquid fertilizer.

https://plantedtankmates.com/aquarium-plants-for-beginners/

Subwassertang

Characteristics:

Max Size: 6"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Foreground

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

All community and nano fish like tetras, rasboras, danios, guppies, gouramis and otocinclus.

Dwarf shrimps love this plant!

Notes

Subwassertang is a tangled, ribbon-like moss that's great for shrimp tanks.  Their flat leaves provide lots of surface area to graze and hide.  Like all mosses, it's a column feeding plant that can be tied to hardscape or weighed down, but not buried.

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