Nymphaea sp. (Red Lilly) – Big size: The water lily Nymphaea lotus “Red,” also known as N. zenkeri “Red,” grows in bodies of stagnant water that range in size from lakes to small, temporary pools in its native tropical Africa.
It is without a doubt the most frequently kept species in the home aquaria of its genus. All over the world, bulbs and young plants are available, sometimes under the brand name “Red Tiger Lotus.”
N. lotus ‘Red’ is a bulb plant that has floating and submerged leaves. Even though the plant can grow in low light, the aquarist should give the plant more light if they want to avoid floating leaves.
However, if these floating leaves do grow, it is usually best to cut them off before they reach the surface. Once the plant knows where the surface is, it will be hard to stop it from growing more of this kind of foliage.
However, if these floating leaves do develop, it is usually best to trim them off before they reach the surface. Once the plant knows where the surface is, it will be difficult to discourage additional foliage of this kind.
The most crucial element for this plant’s successful cultivation is unquestionably a nutritious substrate, CO₂ supplementation, and consistent fertilization of the water column and substrate to yield positive results.
Even though this species can easily grow to be very big, it still has a place in the aquascape. In tanks with mostly green plants, young specimens have a lot of contrast value, and larger plants make great centerpieces if they are placed well and cut back frequently.
- Do not bury the bulb, place it on top of the gravel or substrate in your fish tank to prevent rot. At first, some bulbs may float, but eventually, they get so wet that they sink.
- Fertilize your plants with tablets that you press into the soil around the plant. Do not fertilize directly into the water, as you will change the pH of the water and harm both plants and fish.