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Anubias barteri Eyes
Anubias barteri Eyes
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1 rhizome of Anubias barteri Eyes

Anubias eyes is a cultivar of the ?regular? size Anubias nana. Its leaves are unique in such a way that they bear resemblance to the human eyes. They stay considerably smaller than its larger counterpart, making it an excellent candidate for smaller tanks where the leaves must be proportional to the tank size. Dark green leaves grow on small stems which branch from a horizontal rhizome. Its thick roots grow downwards from this rhizome.

It is a very slow grower and the leaves can last for several years. However, because of its slow pace, it is often prone to algae growth on the leaves. Keeping the plant shaded will sometimes avoid this problem.

Anubias is best placed on a rock or piece of wood, using fishing line or cotton thread to hold it down. Unlike Riccia, which will not attach itself over time, Anubias will become attached to the surface it is planted on. Therefore, cotton thread will work since by the time it disintegrates, the plant will be firmly secured via its own roots. It can also be laid to rest against the top of the substrate (using an aquarium safe metal weight to keep it down) so that the roots can seep into the substrate but the rhizome will stay out of the gravel. The rhizome must not be buried or it will rot away.

Anubias is a good choice for low light aquariums since it can live in less than one watt per gallon of light. Its growth will be very slow, but it will thrive nonetheless. It also fares well in higher light aquariums although care must be taken to control algae since its leaves are very prone to it. CO2 is not necessary for this plant to do well, though with all plants, the addition of CO2 will boost the growth rate, especially when coupled with higher light and a good nutrient base.

Propagation of this plant merely involves making a clean, sharp cut through the rhizome, taking care to leave enough leaves and root system for each new clump. Also, removal of old leaves stimulates new growth.

This plant is also a good candidate for emersed growth and tends to grow faster when emersed.

Because of its small size (only growing a few inches tall) and its outward, rather than upward, growth, it is suitable for the foreground or midground of medium to large tanks, and can be used as midground or even foreground in smaller tanks. This plant is a great alternative to using the larger A. nana when space is limited.

This plant flowers moderately often in the aquarium, producing a soft whitish green blossom.

Family Araceae
Origin Asia
Height 2" - 3" (5 - 7.5 cm)
Width 2" - 3" (5 - 7.5 cm)
Light requirement Low - High
Temperature 68 - 90 F (20 - 32 C)
pH tolerance 5 - 9
kH tolerance 0 - 30
Difficulty Easy
Growth rate Slow
This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 14 October, 2007.
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