Dwarf Aquarium Lily (Nymphaea stellata), plant with bulb
This hardy, low-maintenance plant is a unique and beautiful addition to the aquarium or paludarium!
Dwarf Aquarium Lily (Nymphaea stellata) is a very distinctive and colorful bulb plant that is native to India. It is known for its triangular leaves and the green, red, and pink coloration that they develop as the plant grows. It typically grows to a size of less than 5 inches (12.7 cm), so it is an excellent plant for the aquarium foreground or even the midground of smaller aquariums. It will sometimes flower when kept in shallow enough water or emersed conditions, so it is a terrific plant for paludariums as well.
Care for Dwarf Aquarium Lily is very easy. Its bulb base must not be completely buried in the substrate or it will rot. In fact, burying just 1/4 of the bulb in the substrate should be sufficient. Also, this warm water plant will sometimes quickly deteriorate if the temperature is too low. Finally, it will periodically go through dormant periods where it will shed its leaves for a few weeks, but then grow new leaves. With quality care, the Dwarf Aquarium Lily will grow at a moderate rate. It propagates through shoots, and once new growth has roots of its own, it can be cut and replanted.
In addition to its attractive appearance, Dwarf Aquarium Lily provides a valuable refuge for aquarium animals, especially dwarf shrimp, nano fish, and fry. Dwarf Aquarium Lily can easily flourish and grow to become a major centerpiece of the planted aquarium!
Like most plants, Dwarf Aquarium Lily has moderate nutrient requirements and will benefit from supplementation such as Seachem Flourish, Flourish Excel, Nitrogen and other plant supplements.
***PLEASE NOTE - This plant can sometimes arrive as a bulb with no leaves attached. This is normal, and in most cases, new leaves will sprout within a few weeks. If your Dwarf Aquarium Lily bulb loses its leaves upon arrival, please plant it as usual if the bulb is still firm and healthy. If it does not begin to re-sprout, please contact us and we will honor our live arrival guarantee and replace it or credit you!
What We Like About This Plant:
- Beautiful green, red, and pink coloration
- Grows steadily when kept in nutrient-rich water
- Manageable small to medium size
- Unique triangular leaves
- Excellent foreground to midground highlight
- Temperature: 72° - 82.4° F (22° - 28° C)
- pH: 5.5 – 7.5
- Lighting: Moderate to High
- Origin: Indigenous to India, cultivated in US nurseries
- Aquarium placement: Foreground to Midground, but bulb should be only 1/4 buried in substrate
- Care: Easy
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