red tiger lotus

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  1. Henk Hugo

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    hey guys,

    Has anyone ever grown red tiger lotus? whats it like? i'm guessing you have to keep it trimmed back like any water lilly.....
     
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    I've grown it and it really grows uber quickly if it is in its happy conditions. It's best practice to keep approx 5 or 6 leaves on the plant for it to be optimal although it'll throw out more leaves. Really, it looks stunning with all its leaves in a big tank, but beware, this plant blocks quite a bit of light.
    Roots grow very lengthy......goes almost all over the tank. When I uprooted mine last year, I lifted more than half of the substrate
     
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    Henk Hugo

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    thanks dale - for those that dont know what it looks like... heres a photo

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    It's beautiful!
     
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    Henk Hugo

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    yea its a real beut
     
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    I currently have one but it's showing signs of death (in my recent redone 1.2m + sump tank....in between the rocks). If it dies, I don't actually want to get it again (although it's beautiful)....I don't like plants that blocks tons of light. It's also one of the reasons why I hate duckweed too (even though it's very good in assisting keeping your water healthy
     
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    Hi Henk,

    These plants are lovely and easy to care for.
    Their leaves do tend to vigorously reach for the surface but I use that tendency to "shade" some of the species in my aquarium which requires less light.
    Personally I have only used and seen the Nymphaea micrantha but would love to add some Nymphaea lotus "Red" to my collection.

    Regards,
    Fanie Jordaan
     
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    i have managed to find the green tiger lotus with the red floating leaves - REALLY nice as well as N. rubra :D
     
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    Mind does about 2cm a day :eek:
     
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    2cm a DAY??? wow... you must have a good fert in there.

    Henk... how easy is it to source /grow that plant... I think the red plants give the tank such a new character.
     
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    Henk Hugo

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    I got mine from Zaf and veegal - not sure where they sourced it from but it look like its the green tiger lotus with red surface leaves - REALLY pretty
     
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    Mine might not be a the same

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    This was Friday.
    The pics of my Gourami building a nest was Saturday (Another thread)
    Today I have a 4th leaf half way up to the top, and the other leaves ave moved further away from the plant due to growth.

    I use the Profs Ferts..
     
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    Henk Hugo

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    thats N. Rubra

    Heres some photos of my tiger lotus...

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    these photos were taken 3 or 4 weeks ago....
     
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    Henk Hugo

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    Here some photos i just took... you will see what i mean about the surface leaves turn red....

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    Gilbert yours is Nymphea Rubra - We still have 1 in stock and 2 Green lotus same as the one Henk got....
     
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