Bunch Plant - Nymphaea Tiger Lotus

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Nymphaea Tiger Lotus

(Nymphaea zenkeri) is a captivating aquatic plant that adds a touch of elegance to aquariums. Here’s what you need to know about caring for this beautiful species:

  1. Appearance and Characteristics:

    • The Red Tiger Lotus features broad, wavy-edged leaves with a variegated color pattern.
    • It’s also known as Nymphaea zenkeri.
    • This bulb plant exhibits two types of leaf structures:
      • Submersed leaves: These are somewhat heart-shaped and grow near the bulb.
      • Floating leaves: These appear on long, thin stems, resembling lily pads resting at the water’s surface.
  2. Planting the Bulb:

    • When you receive the bulb (often covered in rock wool), gently remove it from the pot.
    • Rinse off any debris stuck to the bulb.
    • Plant the bulb in the midground or background of your aquarium.
    • Ensure that one-third of the bulb is gently pushed into the substrate, with the shoots or leaves completely above ground. Avoid burying the entire bulb to prevent rot.
    • As the roots grow, they’ll anchor the bulb securely in place.
  3. Growth and Care:

    • Once established, the Red Tiger Lotus grows rapidly, producing big leaves.
    • Feed it comprehensive fertilizers like Easy Green and Easy Root Tabs.
    • For vibrant red coloration, provide medium to high lighting and consider adding extra iron fertilizer.
    • Some Red Tiger Lotuses have primarily green leaves with red variegation, while others display red leaves with darker reddish-purple striping.
  4. Pruning:

    • If the floating leaves become excessive and block light from other plants, trim them.
    • Simply clip the lily pad at the base of its stem, closest to the bulb.
    • Regular pruning encourages bushier growth.
  5. Propagation:

    • Red Tiger Lotuses can produce flowers at the water’s surface.
    • After flowering, they may develop multiple seeds.
    • Another method of propagation is via the bulb itself.

Remember, the Red Tiger Lotus thrives in aquariums but is not suitable for fully submerged conditions. Enjoy its beauty and watch it flourish!

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