Anubias are probably one of the most common freshwater aquarium plants one could find in a pet store. They usually have several stems, with broad, thick leaves. These plants are from Africa and they grow very slowly, however they are hardy, which is the primary benefit for someone with hungry fish that like to nibble at plants.
Anubias are pretty simple to care for, so these plants are ideal for a first time aquatic gardener. Simply keep your tank warm using an aquarium heater. Usually these plants enjoy a temperature of around 78 degrees (remember, they are from Africa). These plants do not need any particularly great light. Any cheap plant growth bulbs will do. Last but not least, be sure to use fertilizer at least once a month. Usually aquarium fertilizers contribute iron, which is not normally found in the water one would typically put in a fish tank. Adding a fertilizer causes noticeable improvements in the health of the plant. From my experience, it prevents the little brown spots seen on leaves that are caused by a nutrient deficiency that the plant has.
Overall, anubias are pleasant-looking aquarium plants that grow slowly and are easy to care for. Like all other aquarium plants, they use nutrients that algae could be using to grow. Essentially, aquarium plants steal nutrients that algae could be eating, making one’s aquarium much more algae-free than it would be otherwise – and they look much better. Try an anubias in your tank, I bet you will enjoy it.
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