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Anubias hastifolia

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Anubias hastifolia grows on the banks of little streams in the forest, on rocks, or in mud. It flowers throughout the year, fruiting from September till January.

Distribution region: Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Zaire.

Submitted by
Benedetta Spelta
GPS
5.1025920, 7.2119422
Geographical region
Western Africa
Drainage Basin
Golf of Guinea
River catchment
Imo River
Water body type
Creek
Water body name
Nameless
Water body part
River mouth
Water body course
Lower course
Water body: tributary of
River
Tributary name
Imo
Type locality
Cross-Batanga, Cameroon
Conservation status/IUCN Red List
Least Concern (LC)
Listed in CITES

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Water Chemistry

Water information

Water type
Fresh water
Water color
Black water
Water transparency
High
Concentration of sediments
Low
Water temperature
25.5 - 28.5 °C
Water flow/curent
Slow

Chemical parameters

pH
5.8 - 6.8
Conductivity
32 - 65
GH
KH
Dissolved Oxygen

Phytology

Plant form
Semi-submersed
Plant type
Rhizomatous
Plant size
33 - 100 cm
Plant growth rate
Slow
Plant light demand
Medium
CO2
Low
Aquarium equipment

Anubias hastifolia plants will take root on rough rocks or driftwood, which is the best way to encourage growth, because the species grows much better when light hits its rhizome (root system). This species will grow an extensive root system into the substrate, but burying the rhizome should be avoided as it will drastically slow growth. It should be planted in shade or low light to restrict algae growth on the leaves.

Plant care

Anubias hastifolia is very adaptable to a wide range of water hardness, pH, and lighting conditions. They have medium light requirements, but will need regular fertilization with a high quality, iron-based supplement for optimal growth. Propagation is relatively easy and is done by cutting the plant at the root with very sharp, sterilized scissors.

Water care

Water hardness and pH don’t play any important role.

Bibliography

  • A revision of Anubias Schott Araceae - Anubias hastifolia, Pages: 1-48 by Crusio, W.
  • Aquarium Plants - Anubias hastifolia by Christel Kasselmann
    ISBN 9781575240916
  • → Bleher’s Biotopes - Imo River by Heiko Bleher
    ISBN 9788890973628