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Gracilis Anubia
(Anubias gracilis)

Gracilis Anubia

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Scientific name
Anubias gracilis

Common name
Gracilis Anubia


what are his countries of origin?

Origin: Africa

Ideal fertilization

how to fertilize this plant?

CO2: 5-40mg/l
Nitrates (NO3): 10-50mg/l
Phosphates (PO4): 0,1-3mg/l
Potassium (K): 5-30mg/l
Iron (Fe): 0,01-0,5mg/l


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what is the type of plant?



What are the Water parameters for the maintenance of this plant?

T°: 21 to 28°C or 70 to 82°F
pH: 5 to 7
Hardness: 1 to 10°dGH





what brightness is needed?



what is the maximum size of the plant?

30 to 50cm (12 to 20")


in which area of the aquarium install this plant?



how fast does this plant grow?



Who is the Gracilis Anubia?


Who is the Gracilis Anubia?

This plant has long triangular leaves of 5 to 10 centimeters or 2 to 4 inches when the plant lives under water. Its leaves, supported by long slender stems, are very pretty and particularly appreciated by aquarists. In addition to its obvious beauty, it is also sturdy and strong. It can even be installed in aquariums for fish eating plants without too much damage (such as cichlids or goldfish for example).

Planting and maintenance

How to plant and maintain the Gracilis Anubia?

Planting and maintenance

How to plant and maintain the Gracilis Anubia?

The Gracilis Anubia requires little light. The minimum light must be between 1 watt for 5 liters (1 Imp Gal or 1.3 US Gal) of water and 1 watt for 2 liters (0.44 Imp Gal or 0.53 US Gal) of water.

Be especially careful not to completely bury the rhizome of the plant directly into the substrate as it will rot. Bury only the roots. You can also fix the plant to a part of the decoration like a root using a thread (fishing line or nylon).

It is essential to leave room around the plant so that it can develop. Do not stick it to its neighbours! This will prevent it from being choked and will promote its growth. Finally, to further facilitate its growth, install it in a soil rich in nutrients and iron.

If the water in your aquarium is too soft do not hesitate to introduce a Co2 diffuser.

Its weak point will be the invasion by algae, against which the plant struggles to fight. If you notice that one of the leaves is full of seaweed, cut it out. In parallel, you will research why the algae develop in your aquarium, for example by checking the location of your Anulaceae (in the shade of other plants would be ideal), the quality of your water, the lighting time...


How to farm the Gracilis Anubia?


How to farm the Gracilis Anubia?

The multiplication of the Gracilis Anubia is carried out by separation of the rhizome. Choose a piece of rhizome with 3-4 leaves and gently peel it off. Then proceed as for the mother foot: attach it to a stone or root, far enough from the other Anubias to grow.

Pay attention to the age of your plant before making a separation of rhizome: wait until the plant is at least one year old.

Good To know

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Good To know

Find all additional information!

Gracilis Anubia grows extremely well in emergent situations in a wetland. Moreover, under these conditions, its development is even accelerated and its leaves become larger (up to 50 centimeters or 20 inches!). You can therefore install the Gracilis Anubia in paludariums.

Plant recommended for beginning aquarists, because it is robust and not demanding.

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