View Full Version : Fishesses Red Tiger Lotus

06-24-2009, 09:47 PM
Tiger Lotus, Red (Nymphaea zenkeri)

This journal is guaranteed to be .0000001 times more fun than watching your toe nails grow. :11:

I planted my Red Tiger Lotus on 6-18-09. I didn't take a picture, so my artist's rendering will have to do. It's quite accurate, I must say.

Not knowing how to plant it, I buried it in the gravel up to the little point on top of the bulb. Yep. That's what I did.

OK, it was really about the size of a US quarter. Not the behemoth you see when you click the pic. The shape and color are dead on though.

06-24-2009, 09:53 PM
6-24-09 6 days later

After reading that the bulb should be resting on the surface or buried no more than half way, I was gonna pull it up and do that.

But lo and behold...

06-24-2009, 10:03 PM
Yeah, I need to work on my macro shots.

Here are some specs

Lighting is (2) 24" RFH-I or RFH-F Perfecto hoods with singular linear fluorescent lamps. Unknown wattage. Perfecto was closed by the time I called them today. I suspect I have, at the most, 1.52 watts per gallon of slightly 'warm' light. Looking for more.

Substrate is 50 pounds of Top Fin aquarium gravel. Some blue. Some natural.

Fertilizer is Aquarium Plants Own Total Substrate Pellets.

Tank is 55 gallon fresh water. Up and running for about 3 months now.

06-25-2009, 02:37 AM
Tiger lotuses are beautiful plants. Good luck with yours!

06-29-2009, 11:05 PM
Upgraded light yesterday. Now have 1.3 watts per gallon of compact fluorescent, mainly warm spectrum. Wanted to mix warm and cool but, turns out I had 2 'daylight' bulbs in the pantry and then bought 2 warm bulbs. Oh well. Still better than before.



07-05-2009, 02:14 AM
Here we are with the present light set up and correct math.
4 cf lamps totaling 72 watts (1.3 watts per gallon) and 4,850 lumens (88.1 lumens per gallon).

We are very pleased with this plant so far. :19:

07-05-2009, 02:30 AM
Seems to be doing very well. Good work.

07-05-2009, 07:14 AM
Cute, i suppose there's something about a plant that grows out your own work, that you don't just buy and plant it full grown.

Good job.

07-05-2009, 07:18 AM
Great looking plant. Looks great.


07-05-2009, 01:38 PM
Good job! I have to admit though, tis be way more fun then watching my toe nails grow! thumbs2:

Congrats on figuring out your lights too! I've yet to puzzle mine out!! :fish2:

07-05-2009, 02:06 PM
Beautiful plant! I ordered one on aquabid last week ;)

07-06-2009, 10:35 PM
Thank y'all for stopping by. :19:

We do like growing things. A lot of our outdoor plants and veggies are grown from seed. We buy small fish hoping they are young fish. This way we get to grow them and see how they develop. Hopefully, we get have them longer too.

We are using aquariumplants.com's own brand fertilizer. No idea of the NPK. It's not listed. Directions are 1 pellet in the substrate near the plant every 4-5 weeks. It seems to work well.

Our corkscrew vals are sending out runners and shoots. :shappy:

The dwarf hairgrass has greened up since improving the light but, is not yet spreading.

New red tiger lotus pics next week.

07-10-2009, 06:19 PM
This plant grows like mad. Here it is at 24 days. It reminds me of a caladium. The last pic is for scale. It's that tall in a 55g long.

Our platties and betta like it best. They hang out in it quite often.

The next update will be when it reaches the surface and then when it blooms. The internet says they bloom best with an open top tank. We leave the hood lids open a lot. They also say it's best to leave the surface leaves alone to encourage blooming.

Ours isn't as red as some. It has pink spots and the underside is very pink. Metallic pink, even. OK, so that's gonna be another update. Once I figure out how to take a picture that shows it off without being blurry or fake looking.

07-10-2009, 06:42 PM
great job. that is an obviously happy and healthy plant

07-23-2009, 04:20 PM
It made it to the surface :19:

These pics are from throughout the week.

Pic 1 is the top of the first leaf to make it to the surface.
Pic 2 is an underside shot
Pic 3 is when a leaf rolled over and some Platy fry were hiding on it. They didn't make it. The Beta found them. It's a good hunter. This does show the pink/purple underside pretty well.

Now BLOOM! :fish2:

07-23-2009, 04:30 PM
Good luck.thumbs2:

07-23-2009, 05:31 PM
Very nice!

07-24-2009, 03:11 AM
Very nice. Mine is also an insane grower.

07-24-2009, 02:31 PM
Cool. What type of substrate and do you fertilize? I have gravel and have only put down one Aquariumplants Own pellet.

Today, there are Molly fry hiding out on the leaves. They also like the southern naiad (bushy pond weed).

07-24-2009, 05:14 PM
All my tanks have Estes' Marine Sand. I do not use any fertilizer, the goldfish eating New Life Spectrum do that very well.

My dojo loach likes to hide between leaves. I posted a pic recently of th eunderside of one of the leaves when I clipped down the lotus, VERY purple.

09-28-2009, 11:34 PM
any new update pic Fishesses ?

10-02-2009, 04:56 PM
Dude! I think mine is trying to bloom too! It must've took a hint from yours. Check it out.

You can see my snails too. Hmm, my Corkscrew Vals ain't doing so hot. I fertilized today.

10-06-2009, 11:05 PM
:ak47: Frazzlin snails! They ate it!

10-13-2009, 05:03 AM
:11: sorry about that ... how come u have snail in the tanks ?