Red Tiger Lotus - Nymphaea Zenkeri

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Meet Red Tiger Lotus, the aquatic drama queen that brings fiery elegance to your tank.

Crimson Crown: Standing out with stunning crimson leaves, adorned with darker red or purple streaks, this lotus plant emerges like miniature lily pads, adding a touch of tropical grandeur to your aquarium.

Submerged Grace: Before reaching the surface, the Red Tiger Lotus showcases underwater leaves with green and red speckles, creating a captivating visual contrast.

Bulbous Base: Anchored by a robust bulb resting on the substrate, this plant stores nutrients, ensuring it thrives even during dormant periods.

Adaptability and Care:

Warmth Seeker: Hailing from tropical regions, the Red Tiger Lotus prefers warm water temperatures between 72-82°F (22-28°C).

Lighting Lover: To maintain its vibrant red coloration and optimal growth, moderate to high lighting is essential. Insufficient light may result in leggy growth and pale leaves.

Nutrient Enthusiast: As a heavy feeder, regular fertilization with comprehensive formulas like Easy Green and Easy Root tabs is recommended. Iron-rich fertilizers can enhance its striking red hues.

Spacious Sanctuary: Given its potential for large growth, with leaves spanning up to 12 inches, providing ample space in your aquarium is crucial.


Visual Centerpiece: A true eye-catcher, commanding attention with fiery red leaves and graceful form, adding drama and tropical flair to any aquascape.

Hiding Haven: The dense foliage offers excellent shelter and security for fish fry, shrimp, and other small aquatic creatures.

Water Purifier: Red Tiger Lotus absorbs excess nutrients, preventing algae growth, and helps maintain good water quality.

Oxygen Provider: Contributes to oxygenation in the water column, benefiting the overall health of your aquatic ecosystem.

Best Roommates:

  • Java Fern (Midground to background)
  • Anubias Nana (Midground to background)
  • Christmas Moss (Foreground to midground)
  • Marimo Moss Balls (Foreground to midground)
  • Staurogyne repens (Foreground to midground)


Care Level: Easy

Lighting Requirement: Low-Medium

Co2: Not Required

Growth Rate: Fast

Origin: Africa

Tank Placement: Midground-Background

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