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Anubias coffeefolia is a popular hardy, undemanding mid-ground plant. It has large, heavily ridged leaves. This plant can grow up to 40 cm tall with creeping rhizome. The rhizome produces brownish red leaves that turn dark green as they mature. The leaf blade is deeply grooved and it grows about 6 cm (2.5 inch) long. The rhizome with leaves grow horizontally at a slower speed that makes the plant more suitable among the aquarium fish keepers. The color combination and leaf shape make it an attractive variety in both large and small aquariums. It produces flowers frequently under water but does not produce seeds. It should be planted in a shady area to restrict algae growth on the leaves. Anubias coffeefolia is easy to grow and it is used in a Cichlid and regular aquarium tanks due to its tough leathery leaves and hardiness. Propagation is done easily by cutting the rhizomes in aquarium condition with
Anubias coffeefolia is one of the most favorite aquatic plants among the aquarium enthusiasts due to its unique growth and ease of maintenance. It grows well in low light tanks and it can survive without additional CO2 supplementation. It can grow in different substrate such as gravel and sand. It is suitable for aquariums with low lighting with 0.25W per liter of water. Micronutrients should be supplied for proper growth. If there is a lack of micronutrients the plant will be affected and the leaves become pale. In this case phosphate levels should be offered up to 2 mg per liter of water. The tank should have suitable water parameters with pH of 5.5-9.0, hardness of 3.0-7.0 and temperature of 68-860F (20-30 0 C). It is naturally slow growing plants and it does well in either immersed or submersed condition. It prefers to be tied to a piece of driftwood or stone. The rhizome should not be buried in the substrate otherwise it becomes rots or dies off. It can be used in both large and small aquariums. It can produce flower frequently in water and its tough leaves are not suitable to eat for herbivorous fishes. Waste vegetable matters, dead plants material should be removed from the aquarium daily basis to make the aquarium environment healthy. To avoid algae growths, check the plants daily basis over the leaves. In this case, water changes should be recommended daily.