Water Lily

Picture of a "Hardy" Water Lily"Hardy" Water LilyNymphaea sp.Photo © Animal-World
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Great plant, I originally bought one for my pond but I had to take that apart due to lack of planning. Now it is in my aquarium and growing very quickly. I use 3... (more)  Calvin

   Both the Hardy Water Lily and the Tropical Water Lily are generally pond plants, but can be kept in the aquarium with a fair amount of effort!

Picture of a "Hardy" Water Lily
"Hardy" Water Lily
Picture of a "Hardy" Water Lily
"Hardy" Water Lily

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The Water Lily is a well known, beautiful flowering plant, with both floating and sometimes submerged leaves. An individual Water lily will require a large amount of space, generally between 10 to 30 square feet of surface area, and they need strong light, preferably sunlight. They will also require an extended resting period either at low temperatures (as a normal 'winter' type rest), or time away from water in dry or moist sand. Because of these requirements, they are generally more suited to the pond environment.

However with a dedicated effort to work within their requirements, they can be used in a specialized aquarium where a surface cover is desired.

The "Hardy" Water Lily will produce large round leaves about 6 inches in diameter that will cover the aquarium surface, but if deprived of light will produce short compact leaves from its root. If it is doing well, it will send out flowers that rest on the surface. Flowers are white, gold, pink, or red and some are heavily perfumed.

In an aquarium a Water Lily will require space and intense lighting. It should be kept in a large flower pot filled with peat, sand, and loam. Add a 1 inch layer of gravel on top to discourage the substrate from floating around. The lighting can not be provided only artificially, so the aquarium should be positioned in front of a south facing window. The aquarium must be filled with at least 12 inches of water. Surface area should be at least 250 square inches. The aquarium can not be covered. The water lily needs a winter dormancy period at about 53° F (12° C). Water must be as soft as possible.

For more Information on keeping a planted aquarium see:
About Planted Aquariums, Adding Aquatic Plants For a Healthy Aquarium


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Distribution:   Originally from the warm waters of Africa near the equator.

Water conditions:    Temperature: 68° - 86° F (20° - 30° C) for summer
                           Around 53° F (12° C) for winter
   pH: 6.5 - 7.5
   dGH: 2 - 5

Lighting:
   Light level: Strong sunlight

Propagation:    The root may be occasionally divided, and the leaves will also produce daughter plants.

Availability:   The Water Lily is occasionally sold at aquarium shops, but is more readily available from pond plant dealers.

Author: "Yvonne"
Additional Information: Clarice Brough, CFFS
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Calvin - 2008-11-22
Great plant, I originally bought one for my pond but I had to take that apart due to lack of planning.

Now it is in my aquarium and growing very quickly. I use 3 x 25 watts of lighting and I do have my aquarium covered.

I've had it like that for a month now with no problems, looks great.

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Vicki Humphries - 2012-05-19
I'm glad I found this site. I bought a water lily from my local fish shop and put it in my 4ft tank 3 months ago. I knew nothing about w/lily care until now. I don't have time for a 'winter hiatus' but I will see what happens.

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