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Tiger Lotus - Nymphaea lotus

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Please note: This lily is typically sold as a tuber with no or very small leaves. The leaves will grow when established in an aquarium.

Tiger Lotus (Nymphaea lotus) are dramatic middle and background plants for the aquarium. They will produce tall, floating leaves of mottled green and red as well as small submerged leaves. They occasionally grow a flower that blooms at night above the water level. Pruning the floating leaves will help to keep the plant compact.

Lotus are very heavy root feeders and need a nutrient rich soil and benefit from extra fertilizers. Take care when planting these plants in a tank with snails or other algae eaters as the delicate leaves can be easily eaten or damaged.


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Common NameTiger Lotus
Scientific NameNymphaea lotus
Originwestern Africa
Plant pH6.5-7.5
Growth RateModerate
Light IntensityModerate to High
Water HardnessSoft
Temperature Range72-80
Flowerslily-like above water level
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Impressive plant


I purchased the plant when the weather was borderline freezing and the sprouted bulb arrived with the tip of its leaves frost bitten but in excellent condition. I thought the leaves might be discolored from the journey... not so. I received a red tiger lotus and even though it is still small and does not look like the one in the picture, the varying bright to dark red colors are stunning. I had to give the plant 4 stars because I was looking for a plant to feature the fish and not be the showcase, but it is going to be quite the decor.