Anubias Barteri 'Broad leaf' - LOOSE
Common Name: Anubias Barteri 'Broad Leaf'
Plant Use: Driftwood/Rock
Difficulty Level: Easy
Light Demand: Low
Co2 Demand: Low
Fertilizer Demand: Low
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Description: Anubias Barteri 'Broad Leaf' is a robust and visually striking variant within the Anubias Barteri species, appreciated for its large and broad leaves. This popular aquatic plant belongs to the Araceae family and is native to West Africa. Known for its hardiness and versatility, 'Broad Leaf' is a favorite among aquarists due to its ability to thrive in a variety of aquarium conditions. The plant's broad, elongated leaves, ranging from deep green to rich brown, create an eye-catching display that complements both traditional and contemporary aquascapes.
The thick, leathery leaves of Anubias Barteri 'Broad Leaf' make it an excellent choice for aquariums with herbivorous fish, as it is less likely to be consumed compared to more delicate plants. Its slow growth rate and resilience make it suitable for both beginners and experienced hobbyists looking to add a bold and enduring element to their aquatic environment.
- Scientific Name: Anubias barteri 'Broad Leaf'
- Family: Araceae
- Origin: West Africa
- Difficulty Level: Easy
- Lighting Requirements: Low to Medium
- CO2 Requirement: Low
- Temperature Range: 72-82°F (22-28°C)
- pH Range: 6.0-7.5
- Propagation: Rhizome division, cuttings
1. Lighting: Anubias Barteri 'Broad Leaf' is adaptable to low to medium lighting conditions. It thrives in setups with subdued lighting, making it suitable for aquariums with varying light intensities.
2. Substrate: Attach the plant to aquarium decorations or substrate using its rhizome. Unlike many other plants, 'Broad Leaf' prefers not to be planted directly into the substrate. Use smooth rocks, driftwood, or other decorations for attachment.
3. CO2 and Nutrients: This Anubias variant has low CO2 requirements and can thrive with the nutrients present in the water and substrate. Supplemental fertilization is generally not necessary.
4. Pruning: Minimal pruning is needed for Anubias Barteri 'Broad Leaf.' Remove any yellowing or damaged leaves, and trim back excessive growth if necessary. Be careful not to bury the rhizome in the substrate.
5. Placement: 'Broad Leaf' is versatile and can be used as a midground or background plant, attached to hardscape elements like driftwood or rocks. Ensure that the rhizome is exposed to prevent rotting.
6. Water Parameters: Maintain stable water parameters with a temperature range of 72-82°F (22-28°C) and a slightly acidic to slightly alkaline pH between 6.0-7.5.
7. Propagation: Propagate Anubias Barteri 'Broad Leaf' through rhizome division or by taking cuttings. Ensure that each section has a portion of the rhizome, and attach it to the substrate or decor.
With its bold and resilient presence, Anubias Barteri 'Broad Leaf' adds a touch of grandeur to aquariums. Its adaptability and enduring nature make it an excellent choice for aquarists aiming to create a captivating underwater landscape.