Overview: Hailing from the family Araceae, Anubias nana ‘petite’ is a dwarf variety of the plant, widely popular among the aquarists. It is always high in demand. While many people believe that this plant originated from Asia, it is indigenous to Africa. Being a small aquarium species, one can grow it as a foreground plant. It is popular among hobbyists not only because of its unique appearance but also due to its undemanding nature. It can overcome most mistakes made by the novice; therefore, suitable for all types of aquarists- beginners and experts. Anubias nana ‘petite’ is a slow-growing, small, durable plant that can thrive in wider water parameters.
Appearance: Anubias nana ‘petite’ is a small plant with broad leaves. The stem is thick and green, while the leaves are dark green in color. The plant helps in keeping the water of the tank well-oxygenated and clean. Anubias can attain a maximum of 7.5 inches of height; however, it depends largely on the water conditions. Leaves are thin but covered in a cuticle that provides them enough strength.
Occasionally, one can find creamy white flowers on the stem, especially when it is planted in a paludarium setup. When multiple Anubias nana ‘petite’ are kept together, they create a beautiful display of color that can intensify the aesthetic of the tank manifold.
Hard/soft plant: It is a hardy and easy to care plant with fewer demands.
Ideal water temperature: Temperature should remain anywhere between 20 to 28 degrees Celsius for the best growth and development of the plant.
Lightening condition: Low to moderate light conditions and the nutrient-rich water are ideal for Anubias nana ‘petite’ survival. When the tank is supplemented with additional carbon dioxide, the plant accelerates growth. Although not necessary, the plant flourishes when this variety of Anubias is provided with increased CO2.
Ideal pH: 5.5 to 8 is the most suitable pH range for Anubias nana ‘petite.’
Propagation: Anubias nana ‘petite’ reproduces through the rhizome. If one is planting it in the substrate along with a rhizome, the chances of getting rot increase. Therefore, the best way to propagate the plant is by attaching it to the driftwood, rocks, or any other décor item in the tank. Another way is to plant the Anubias nana ‘petite’ plant on the top of the substrate without burying the roots.
Do you know? Anubias nana ‘petite’ is one of the smallest varieties of aquarium plants that have lush green colored leaves. It is perfect for covering the bottom with green color and providing a habitat for bottom-dwelling fish like catfish and loaches. Since the plants stay at the bottom, fish get plenty of free swimming space higher up in the water.