Small Anubias barteri var. barteri
Anubias barteri var. barteri, named after the collector Charles Barter, is a common and popular aquarium plant due to its unproblematic culture. Small specimens of this variety can be told apart from A. barteri var. nana by the longer length of the petiole in the former. In the wild, it can be found in shaded to semi shaded locations in fast flowing rivers and streams in extreme southeastern West Africa. Here, it is often found growing on large stones or logs (rarely in the substrate) emersed, semi emersed or (rarely) totally submersed. This adaptable plant is a staple in pet stores. All the major nurseries continuously offer it.
A. barteri var. barteri is highly tolerant of even poor growing conditions. Although higher lighting and CO2 supplementation do promote faster and larger growth, this aroid can grow in very dim light (less than 2 watts per gallon) with no CO2 injection. Water hardness and pH levels are not an issue with this species. However, this Anubias sp. does appreciate good water flow over the leaves, especially under high light where water flow helps inhibit spot algae on the leaves. To induce flowering and further reduce spot algae under intense lighting, phosphate levels should be raised to around 2 ppm.
Hardiness: Very Easy
Light Needs: Low
Plant Structure: Rhizome
Location: Southeast Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea
Size: Height: 25-45cm (10-18 in)
Growth Rate: Slow
Can Be Grown Emersed: Yes
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