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Care Guide for Anubias Plants


Welcome, fellow aquarists, to the world of Anubias plants!

These plants are super chill and low maintenance.

Whether you're a total newbie or a seasoned pro, you can rock the Anubias game like a boss. This care guide is your backstage pass to success in keeping these rockstar plants happy, healthy, and turning heads in your aquarium.

Let's get this aquatic party started!




Anubias plants are considered low to moderate light plants.

While they can tolerate a wide range of lighting conditions, it is best to provide them with moderate, indirect lighting. Direct, intense light can cause algae growth on the leaves, which may hinder the plant's health and appearance.

Consider using aquarium-specific LED lights that emit a balanced spectrum for optimal growth.


Water Parameters


Anubias plants are highly adaptable to different water parameters, making them suitable for a variety of aquarium setups.

They can thrive in a wide range of temperatures, typically between 72°F to 82°F (22°C to 28°C). A pH range of 6.0 to 7.5 is well suited for their growth, while the water hardness should be kept in the soft to moderately hard range, with a dGH of 2 to 12.

Stable water conditions are important for their overall wellbeing.

Sudden changes can result in the infamous 'Anubias rot', or melting of the rhizome.




Anubias plants are rhizomatous, meaning they have a thick horizontal stem called a rhizome from which leaves and roots grow. It's crucial not to bury the rhizome in the substrate, as it can lead to the aforementioned rotting and potentially kill the plant.

Instead, you can attach the plant to hardscapes like rocks, driftwood, or decorations using fishing line, cotton thread, or plant safe glue.

Alternatively, if you prefer to let the rhizome rest on the substrate, ensure the bulk of it remains above the surface to avoid issues.




Anubias plants are not heavy feeders and can derive nutrients from the water column. However, adding liquid fertilizers specifically formulated for aquarium plants can enhance their growth and overall health.

These fertilizers usually contain essential macronutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium) and micronutrients (iron, manganese, zinc) required for optimal plant growth.

Follow the instructions provided with the fertilizer and dose accordingly, as overdosing can lead to algae problems!


CO2 Injection


Anubias plants can thrive in tanks without CO2 injection. They have the ability to obtain carbon dioxide from the water through their leaves.

However, in high tech planted tanks with intense lighting and CO2 injection systems, supplying additional CO2 can promote faster growth and lush foliage.

If you opt for CO2 injection, ensure it is balanced and appropriate for the needs of your overall aquarium setup.


Water Changes


Regular water changes are vital for maintaining water quality and ensuring the wellbeing of your Anubias plants.

Test your water and perform partial water changes of 20-30% weekly (or as needed) to keep the water parameters stable and remove accumulated organic waste.

These water changes help prevent the buildup of nitrates and other harmful substances that can impact plant growth and overall aquarium health.


Algae Control


Anubias plants are not known for their resistance to algae growth. However, there are some steps you can take to mitigate this.

Consider your overall algae plan. Do you:

  • Have a few different layers of organisms that eat algae for a living? Otocinclus (pictured above), Nerites, Malaysian Trumpets, Borneo Loaches, and Dwarf shrimp are all great choices.
  • Have your nutrient and light needs dialed in appropriately? Anubias are low light plants, and don't need much nutrients either.
  • Maintin regular water changes on a reasonable schedule? Don't forget to test your water parameters regularly.
  • Vacuum or wipe the leaves gently every so often, in order to remove accumulated debris?

Avoid using chemical treatments to control algae, as they can harm the plant and disrupt the overall balance of your tank.




Anubias plants are generally compatible with a wide range of fish and invertebrates. They provide excellent cover and hiding spots for small fish and dwarf shrimp.

However, it's important to consider the size and behavior of tankmates. Larger herbivorous fish may nibble on the leaves, causing damage.

Therefore, it's advisable to place the Anubias plants strategically, keeping them away from fish species that may be prone to grazing.


Pruning and Propagation


While Anubias plants have slow to moderate growth rates, occasional pruning may still be required.

Prune any damaged, decaying, or algae encrusted leaves by cutting them at the base with clean, sharp scissors. This helps maintain the plant's aesthetic appeal and promotes healthy growth.

Anubias plants can be propagated by dividing the rhizome into smaller sections. Ensure each division has several leaves and healthy roots. Use a very sharp straight razor to avoid crushing tissue that may turn into Anubias Rot.

Attach the divisions to desired locations using the methods mentioned earlier, allowing them to develop into independent plants.




Anubias plants are renowned for their slow growth.

It's important to exercise patience when cultivating these plants in your aquarium. Avoid the temptation to uproot or disturb the plant frequently, as this can slow down growth or even damage the plant.

Over time, with the right care and conditions, Anubias plants will reward you with their beauty and resilience.


Anubias plants are excellent additions to any aquarium due to their attractive foliage and easy nature. With their low to moderate lighting requirements, adaptable water parameters, and ability to thrive in various setups, they are suitable for both beginner and experienced aquarists.

By following the care guide provided, including proper lighting, maintaining stable water conditions, attaching the plants correctly, fertilizing appropriately, and practicing regular maintenance, you can ensure the health and vibrancy of your Anubias plants.

Remember to exercise patience as these plants have slow growth rates, and occasional pruning and propagation can help maintain their aesthetics and promote healthy growth. With their resilience and compatibility with various fish and invertebrates, Anubias plants are sure to bring beauty and tranquility to your aquatic environment.

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