Until recently only available as a rare import from West Africa, Anubias Congensis, Anubias afzelii
, is quickly becoming a farm-raised favorite in planted aquariums and cichlid setups. Like other Anubias plant species, this variety is hardy, relatively undemanding, and robust under ideal growing conditions.
Native to the tropical regions of Africa, these flowering plant species are primarily found in rivers, streams, and marshes. Anubias plants are ideal when planted in substrate or placed on harder surfaces, such as rocks or driftwood. They have medium light requirements but need regular fertilization with
iron-based supplements for optimal growth. Interestingly, most Anubias plants do not respond to CO2 supplementation.
Considered a slow grower, members of the Anubias genus should not be placed in high light areas of your system to help prevent excessive algae growth on the leaves. Overall, however, Anubias Congensis is very adaptable to a wide range of pH, water hardness, and lighting conditions. Most herbivorous fish also tend to leave Anubias plants alone, which makes them great additions to any freshwater system, especially cichlid and goldfish aquariums.
Propagation is relative easy with cuttings. To ensure optimal growth if planted in substrate, however, make certain the rhizome of divided plants is always above the substrate. Plants can also be grown emersed, which also makes them an ideal plant for paludariums or terrariums.
Approximate Purchase Size: Bare Root 5" to 7"