Propagating Anubias "File:Anubias barteri barteri.JPG" by Tocekas is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.
Propagating Anubias "File:Anubias barteri barteri.JPG" by Tocekas is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Are you a fan of aquascaping and looking for the perfect plant to add to your aquarium? Anubias is an excellent option. Not only is it visually attractive, but it’s also easy to grow which makes it ideal for both new and experienced hobbyists. In this blog post we will be discussing what anubias plants are, the different types you can find, and how to care for them in order to ensure that your tank looks its best! Read on if you want all the information you need to propagate these stunning aquatic plants yourself!

Some info about Anubias

The Anubias aquarium plant is a delightful addition to any tank. It has unique, arrow-shaped leaves set atop thick stems and rhizomes that make for an eye-catching look. This low-maintenance aquatic beauty does not require pruning or trimming which makes it perfect for aquarists of all levels of experience. Anubias can also stand up to various water conditions from soft acidity to alkaline and does best when submerged in high quality water, receiving just the right amount of light and fertilizer for lush growth, which is also nice to know when propagating anubias. Its slow growth rate helps prevent overpopulating even the smallest tanks! Whether you’re looking for a dramatic statement piece or simply want to add some dimension and color to your tank, the Anubias aquarium plant is a great choice!

Kinds of Anubias

Anubias is a species of aquatic plants with an interesting variety. The most common types of Anubias are the Nana, Congensis, and Barteri. Each type has a different shape and size depending on its specific species. The Nana is often found in small bowls alongside tall rocks, providing a stunning contrast between their sizes. The Congensis comes in a variation that comes with wide leaves. As for the Barteri, it’s bright green appearance makes them stand out within any aquarium setting. Knowing which type of Anubias to pick can be difficult but it helps give your aquarium personality and life.

Propagating Anubias

Growing your own anubias can be incredibly satisfying and relatively easy, especially under warm temperatures. These aquatic plants prefer a slow current of water and are best suited for shady spots and lower lighting from tank lights. To propagate, simply divide the rhizomes (roots) and re-plant the shoots into substrate such as gravel. Anubias plants require very little maintenance, however, be sure to check regularly to ensure they’re not becoming overgrown or getting smothered by other vegetation or dirt. With the right care, your anubias will provide you with years of enjoyment in any aquarium setup.

Propagating Anubias "File:Anubias barteri barteri.JPG" by Tocekas is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.
Propagating Anubias
File:Anubias barteri barteri.JPG” by Tocekas is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.


One of the great things about Anubias is that it thrives in a range of temperatures. This makes it a very easy plant to care for, since the environment you create doesn’t have to be precise. In fact, anything from 68-81 degrees Fahrenheit (20-27 Celcius) should be more than enough to ensure your Anubias is thriving in its new home. Just keep in mind that higher temperatures may encourage faster growth, which might lead to more frequent maintenance for you!

How Fast Do Anubias Grow

Anubias are a delightful, low-maintenance plant for the aquascaper. Adaptable to different lighting and temperature, they require nutrient-rich water which can be achieved with minimal effort, and being root feeders, there’s usually no need for extra fertilizers or other plant care products, though it may help. When propagating anubias plants, they grow quite slowly, but most varieties will double in size in a year with proper light and tank parameters (this can of course vary a lot). The advantage is that this slow growth makes them very easy to maintain; one of the reasons they are so popular among aquarium hobbyists!


In conclusion, anubias is an excellent option for aquarists of all levels. Its low-maintenance nature makes it easy to care for and its unique look adds a special touch to any tank. With the knowledge provided in this blog post, you can successfully be propagating anubias and enjoy their presence in your own aquarium!