Either way a lot of people love the Nana Petite because it is a fairly simple plant to take care of and keep healthy. It is a good low maintenance choice for beginners who are just getting into their first aquarium. This plant is so easy to take care of that you don’t even need any dirt or real substrate to keep it alive.
The Nana Petite is related to other Anubias and the family name they are in is technically known as the Araceae family. This plant is native to some parts of Africa, mainly places where there is an abundant source of water for most of the year. (You can buy this plant here). The way the plant reproduces and grows is through a spreading rhizome. In other words you can think of that as the Nana Petites root system.
People love this plant because it is a good foreground and mid ground plant that doesn’t grow too quickly. It slowly grows in width and creeps along nicely to fill out empty areas and small spaces. It can take a year or more to grow to its full size of 5 cm.
Very rarely do the Nana Petites ever grow above 5 cm, but they have on occasion known to get slightly larger, sometimes up to 7 cm. Also, the leaves of the plant are about 1 cm wide, making them flow nicely with the movement of the water. The rhizomes of the Petite can grow up to 10 cm long.
Moreover the leaves are densely packed together, thus making them great for tight fits and small aquariums. Many people like to use them for nano aquascapes as well because they are slow growers and never get too big.
How To Plant Anubias Nana Petite
The Nana Petite is not any different from other forms of Anubias in the sense that they don’t require dirt or sand to grow. The plant just need to be attached to a piece of driftwood or a rock with a twist tie, fishing line, or nylon string.
Make sure that you break them into pieces about 2.5 inches long. Also when you plant them, make sure that the rhizomes are about an inch apart. That way they will slowly grow together overtime without overtaking each other.
The roots systems of these plants are so versatile that they will wrap around and grow into whatever you tie them on to. Once the roots have developed a decent network you can remove the string holding them on; they will hold on their own.
How To Take Care Of The Nana Petite
Another reason that people like Nana Petites is because they are very easy to maintain. They are pretty hardy and can handle varying conditions quite well. It can handle a pH level between 6.5 and 7.5, making it perfect for most aquariums.
Also it is pretty good with light, only requiring low to moderate light to thrive. That being said, it can handle higher levels of light as well, thus making it even more versatile.
Plus, it only requires small doses of fertilizer every now and then to stay nourished and healthy, not to mention that it doesn’t need much CO2 either. On a side note, you should trim the leaves every now and then to let new ones grow.
Anubias Nana Care
These plants are also somewhat susceptible to various forms of algae such as black brush algae and green spot algae. Luckily algae on the Petites aren’t too hard to get rid of. Simply soak the Nana Petite in a solution that is 20 parts water and 1 part bleach. Leave it in there for a few hours and you will notice the algae start to whiten.
Then it’s time to remove the Nana Petite from the bleach solution and rinse in fresh water while gently rubbing the leaves down with your fingers. The water should have some anti-chlorine solution mixed in. After that, rinse the plant with some very slow running water from the sink.
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