Name: Nymphaea stellata
Origin: Southeast Asia
I have 4 of these plants growing from behind a large rock, and they add such vivid color to the tank! A new leaf grows out about every 2-3 weeks and they provide a "canopy" for my Discus to perch beneath. They can and often eventually break to the surface, at which time the stems will bend for lack of room to grow. A tall tank is highly recommended. Strong lighting will aid in this plants growth and also coloration in the leaf pattern. An excellent plant.
These plants are quite easy to grow and add heaps of colour to any tank. They are prone to growing quite large though, and they also send out the occasional floater. However, it it possible to restrict the growth by chopping the roots one a month. It is very important to chop off floating leaves before they get to they surface, if the plant knows it can reach the surface then it will start to throw up more and more floating leaves all the time. Otherwise a very beautiful plant for aquariums.
I have had two of these plants in my community tank (150 L) for about two years. They are great plants and, as mentioned, will send out a new leaf to the top of the tank about once every two weeks. I let them grow to the top, as my killifish and gouramis seem to like the top-tank cover. I have not had these plants grow bushier as others described, but it may be that I do not prune them. Also, one of the plants stopped sending out new leaves about five months ago and appeared to kind of languish. However it has recently come back and has started putting out new leaves again, although at a slower pace. This plant is ideal for having a multi-tier planted tank.
I have a few of these in my tanks, and while they are more beautiful with submerged leaves, they will only bloom if you let them grow the floaters. The flowers are generally stunning enough to be worth it. When it has bloomed, you can cut off the floaters, and after a period of having a seemingly dead lotus in your tank it will start growing the submerged leaves again. The same applies to all Nymphaeas, as far as I know.
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