Aquarium Garden

Through building and maintaining beautiful nature aquaria people re-learn the intricate connections between forms of life, plants, fish, microorganism and humans. Riches and beauty come from harmony, from balance. Aquaria are great teachers of this truth. Takashi Amano


Anubias barteri var. nana

Anubias barteri var. nana is a small, attractive plant which thrives in all conditions. It grows slowly, and the leaves survive for several years, giving slow-growing algae the chance to become established. The best result is achieved by planting on a stone or tree root. Fishing line can be used to attach the plant until it gains a hold. If planted on the bottom the rhizome must not be covered because it tends to rot. It flowers frequently under water. It is not eaten by herbivorous fish.

Height; 5-15cm Width; 8cm Light; very low-medium Temp; 20-30'C
Growth; Very slow
Demands; very easy
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Photos by Dusko Bojic.

Echinodorus bleheri ; Amazon Sword

Echinodorus bleheri is undemanding and beautiful. A nutritious bottom promotes growth, but the plant needs pruning to prevent it depriving plants underneath of light. E. bleheri does well even in poorly illuminated aquariums, as it grows towards the light. It is a hardy and easy solitary plant for both beginners and the more experienced with quite large aquariums. It has been sold under the name ''Paniculatus''.
Height; 20-50cm Width; 25-40cm Light; low-very high Temp; 20-30'C
Growth; Fast Demands; Easy

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Photo by Dusko Bojic.

Microsorum pteropus ''Narrow''

Java Fern, Microsorum pteropus is a highly variable species, and new varieties are easily bred. M. pteropus ''Narrow'' has narrower leaves, which grow at a less acute angle from the stem than the normal M. pteropus. The plant attaches readily to roots and stones. A decorative plant, which is also suitable for smaller aquariums.
Height 10-20cm Width 10-20cm Light; very low-high Temp; 18-30'C
Growth; Slow Demands; Very Easy

NOTE; The black spots under the leaves are sporangia (reproductive organs), not signs of disease as many believe. You can see on this photo newly developed shots.

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Photo by Dusko Bojic.