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Top Fin® Anubias

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Anubius–or Anubias Barteri–can be identified by its hardy, spade-shaped leaves. Reaching widths of 16 inches, the plant has creeping rhizomes that allow it to attach itself to substrate, rocks or driftwood. Anubius is easy to care for and can be easily trimmed by cutting the leaves close to the rhizome.

  • Rhizome
  • Maximum size: 16"
  • Hardy, spade-shaped leaves
  • Tank placement: Foreground
  • Water temperature: 72-82° F
  • Can grow fully or partially submersed

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Things to remember:

Rhizome plants:

Rhizomes are simply rooting stalks. The rhizome should be buried in the gravel as deep as possible at an angle that allows most of it to be submerged, leaving the center of the rhizome exposed above the ground. Rhizome plants can also be tied to a lava stone or driftwood.

Water temperature:

Rhizomes require a tropical community aquarium with water temperatures ranging between 72-82º F (22-27º C). Use an aquarium heater to maintain water temperature.

Adding plants:

Whether you're just starting your aquarium or introducing new plants into your tank, make sure to add only one or two plants at a time.


Most tropical plants require sunlight each day, year round. The duration and consistency are essential for plants to thrive. Natural aquariums must be equipped with the means to provide 12 hours of simulated sunlight each day.

Plant fertilizer:

Fertilizer should only be added according to the dosage instructions on the label, and only when needed (as in the case of a water change). Plants will grow best if fertilized moderately and regularly after water changes rather than given larger quantities of fertilizer on a less-regular basis.

Fish and plants:

Small schooling fish are highly recommended for a natural planted aquarium; larger fish often uproot plants. The adult size and eating habitats of a fish should always be taken into consideration.

Water changes:

Test water weekly to assess water quality. It is recommended that 10% of youraquarium water be changed per week. At the very least, 25% of your aquariumwater should be changed per month. For optimal health, regular water changes not only prevent the undesirable accumulation of excess nutrients, but also remove excess nitrates and waste products of the fish and plants.

Aquarium placement:

Place your aquarium in a low-traffic area, away from direct sunlight and drafts.

Planting your natural aquarium:

Foreground plants: Usually stay very short and help fill in the front part of the aquarium.

Middle ground plants: These plants grow anywhere form 4-10 inches tall.

Background plants: These are the fastest-growing and tallest plants.

Things to watch for:

  • Poor growth
  • Brown spots on leaves
  • Plants appear weak, pale green to yellow, stems have few leaves
  • Plants cease to grow and die off
  • Stem plants have long internodes and small leaves

If you notice any of the signs described above, check your aquariumwater quality and consult an in-store Aquatics Specialist.

Top Fin® Anubias
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Top Fin® Anubias
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Top Fin® Anubias is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great plant i love this plant. i have one in both of my freshwater tanks and they do great! the grow really wide, not tall, and provide great hiding places for my territorial fish. the root system is excellent too. even my pushy siamese allgea eater cant dig this thing up. hardly any dead leafs and really no decaying plant matter. this thing is hardy. my 6 inch algea eater likes to lay on the broad leafs like its a hammick. so far the only plant that doesn't decay more than it grows.
Date published: 2011-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful plant Anubias has a lot of things going for it. It's one of the few plants that tolerates low light and salt levels, it's generally ignored by your plant-destructive fish (your big plecos will still knock them over, though) and they look absolutely stunning. Watch the light levels, though, as too much light will cause algae to grow on the leaves. Anubias are typically grown when you attach them to something. A bit of fish line or a rubber band can be used to hold them against a rock or some drift wood and two months later it should hold on its own, giving you a really nice looking decoration. They can be planted, but take care to leave the rhizome (the thick green part where all the leaf stems converge) above the gravel or it might rot and you'll lose your plant. Anubias also grow like wildfire when emersed (rather than submerged) in water, so they do well in fiddler crab or fire-bellied toad tanks where the leaves can be in open air but the roots stay in the water. Just keep the humidity up and you have a lovely show plant.
Date published: 2012-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Plant This plant is one of my favorite plants, My goldfish love this plant my beta fish loves this plant my african dwarf frogs love this plant even my snails and crayfish love this plant. It is easy to care for and easy to clean Highly recommend it
Date published: 2012-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent plant for my 2 gallon tank. I was debating whether to get a java fern or a anubias. I looked through both and ended up picking a 7"-8" anubias because the java ferns at my local Petsmart were browning and even blackening on several leaves due to sitting on the shelf for too long. Anyway, this is the first live plant I've purchased. I am extremely happy with the price for this incredible plant! It's been almost 2 weeks and the plant is growing a new leaf already! My plant did have a little browning, but it's starting to grow and get green again. Placing it right in the smack middle of my 2 gallon tank tied to a rock, it looks awesome! I'm really satisfied, definitely going to purchase more in the future!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have this plant growing on a piece of driftwood that is medium height it leans against my tank & all my fish love to swim underneath the leaves or through the limbs of the driftwood! Love it!!
Date published: 2012-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beauty plant I got the bartieri (nana) variety; a plant I always had wished since I decided to plant my aquarium. hardy plant with not too much, or special requeriments, just a place to hold on and a place under the shadow.
Date published: 2012-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great!! This is amazing in my 10 gallon tank! They really compliment the aquascape, and are nice!
Date published: 2015-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Froggies love it!!!! I have a ten gallon tank that has african dwarf frogs and some other fish. The froggies love to hide under the leaves all day and it's soooo cute! I was planning on getting the java fern, but I don't regret getting this! The great thing about anubius is that you can tie it onto driftwood or a stone or just stick it into the gravel. It looks pretty and helps keep your water parameters good. I am planning on buying another or a few more for my tank. This is a good buy if you're starting a tank, or if you're experienced with fishkeeping! I would recommend this product to anyone.
Date published: 2013-04-07
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Do goldfish like nibbling on this plant?  I'm wanting to start my first goldfish tank and want live plants.

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