Live Aquarium Plants: Dwarf Aquarium Lily (Nymphaea stellate)

Live Aquarium Plants: Dwarf Aquarium Lily (Nymphaea stellate)

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You will receive one bulb of Dwarf Aquarium Lily (Nymphaea stellate). They may or may not have leaves sprouting. But plant them in your aquarium and watch it grow. ------ The dwarf aquarium lily is indigenous to India and Sri Lanka, and it is one of the most commonly available species of lilies available in the aquarium industry. New specimens are usually attached to the bulb from which they germinated, though bulb attachment is not necessary for survival. The elongated arrow-shaped leaves of N. stellata are typically narrow when they are small, but they broaden in width as they grow. Surface lily leaves grown under sunlight can reach a diameter of 12 inches, though submersed leaves rarely exceed 4 inches in diameter. The leaves are usually greenish brown or reddish brown in color. This lily naturally occurs in soft water, but it can also tolerate a wide range of parameters (71° to 83°F, pH 5 to 8). Flowers of this lily can be red or blue in color. These species are typically placed as mid-ground to foreground plants, though their aesthetic placement is not as important as making sure they are getting enough light within the aquarium. Meanwhile, they can also create an appealing oasis effect when used as stand-alone individual plantings, somewhat reminiscent of solitary palm trees in the desert. The maximum height of the lilies and similar plants is often limited only by the water level. These plants send floating leaves to the water surface, and these leaves should be removed and trimmed in the aquarium. This can be performed by cutting the stem near its origin. If left unattended, these leaves will block nearly all light from reaching the understory, causing all submerged leaves and other plants below to die. Old leaves that have become ragged and covered with algae should also be removed. Most of these plant species have extensive lateral roots, and they can benefit from fertilizer tablets designed to be buried near plant roots for nutrient uptake. This mode of fertilizer use is especially useful to provide chelated iron, a nutrient that helps the development of pigments.