A beautiful and very varied species from West Africa with leaves of green to red-brown and varying numbers of purple spots. Can grow from 20-80 cm tall. Before forming floating leaves Nymphaea lotus (zenkeri) forms many underwater leaves. If you don’t want floating leaves, prune the roots and leaves.
If you’re looking for an unusual aquarium plant to use as a centerpiece in your aquarium, you’re in luck. Nymphaea zenkeri, also known as red tiger lotus, features a striking red color and its interesting leaf shape makes for a great change in texture. And best of all: it’s suitable for beginners!
Under high light and with the addition of CO2 and fertilizers, the leaves can turn deep red with speckles of orange and brown throughout. Although it can grow in lower light, the leaves tend to be drabber and will turn bronze colored. This plant can send leaves all the way to the surface like other water lilies.
Family Name: Nymphaeaceae
Co2: Not necessary
Growth rate: Medium