Nymphaea Lotus 'Red' Experience?

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Nymphaea Lotus 'Red' Experience?

Post  ShortyKiloGyrl on 2014-07-29, 12:00

So I have been wanting to add a lily to my 75 gallon tank and finally came across two small plants. I contacted the seller to see if they were still available. However, I was wondering what peoples individual experience with them is? I have read and heard from other lily keepers that this plant will do well in my larger rock substrate like anubias would. If anyone has any experience or advice with this plant I'd love your input. Smile
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Post  PokeSephiroth on 2014-07-30, 16:58

I have tiger lotus growing in a good majority of my tanks... All my tanks have a coarse sandy substrate, and it seems to be growing pretty well. Very Happy I'd say that it does require medium light, and I figure you'd want a nice source of iron to keep the leaves red.

I have red clay in my substrate, so that takes care of any iron requirements for my plants.

When it starts to shoot "lily pads" I usually let them get to the surface, and then I cut them as close as I can to the base of the plant. I've heard that this promotes more submerged leaves to grow, than shooting out floating lily pads. (This applies to other lily plants as well).

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Post  fishloverRon on 2014-07-30, 18:36

Pokie hit it on the head!
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Post  ShortyKiloGyrl on 2014-07-30, 18:52

I bit the bullet so to speak and I purchased 2 plants and a bulb is being thrown in for free. They are smaller sized plants but it was only $10 with shipping. She said they were still available as of this morning so we will see since I just sent her the email now saying I would like to purchase them. Thanks for your input guys!
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Post  fishloverRon on 2014-07-30, 18:56

BTW I like to use root tabs under them too!
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Post  ShortyKiloGyrl on 2014-07-30, 19:01

Okay, They are coming from a nano tank and kept small so I bet they will love to flourish in a bigger tank. I did read the same thing poke said about the leaves and maintaining them.
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Post  PokeSephiroth on 2014-07-30, 19:43

ooh, good tip, Ron! Yes, root tabs under these plants! They're notoriously good at absorbing nutrients through their roots! Smile

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Post  dwarfpike on 2014-07-30, 22:12

Just got my first one a week and a half ago. Did get root tabs for it, and Flourish as well. So far so good. Love the color.

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Post  ShortyKiloGyrl on 2014-07-30, 23:41

Oh I like the colors of that one too! I can't wait to get mine. Smile
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