Help need for miniature Red Tiger Lotus - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 2 Old 07-24-2010, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
New Member
Help need for miniature Red Tiger Lotus

After I pruned off the mushy leaves, my red tiger lotus never grows back to what it was before. It remains like a miniature plant for 6 months now. I only cut off the withered leaves; was that wrong to do? I will do anything to bring it back to full size if I ever know what it needs. Please help.

Now I have just setup a new tank and purchased a Red Tiger Lotus from LFS yesterday. I don't want to repeat the mistake I had. Should I leave the mushy leaves rotten in my new tank?

Any advice to save my Tiger would be greatly appreciated.
CSC2334 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 2 Old 07-24-2010, 02:25 PM
Byron's Avatar
I suspect the cause is pruning the leaves (even though they may be mushy). Nymphaea lotus normally sends leaves to float on the surface, but if these are regularly pruned, the plant will remain in a submerged stage (i.e., smaller in height).

I have one of these bulbs now that has sent leaves to the surface, so I have not yet had it long enough to know if it will reverse its inclinations. I would siphon out the "mush" if the leaf breaks apart, but otherwise I would suggest letting the leaves remain. I do this with crypts when they melt, just hold the siphon over the mess and not touch the plant itself; it works with them.

I see you just joined today, so welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.


Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
Byron is offline  

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Buddy, The Miniature Pinscher bloo97 Off Topic Discussions 18 04-14-2010 06:38 AM
Calling all Red Tiger Lotus growers... aunt kymmie Beginner Planted Aquarium 18 01-25-2010 05:11 PM
tiger lotus(red) flight50 Beginner Planted Aquarium 11 03-12-2009 11:49 AM
Nymphaea lotus Amphitrite Beginner Planted Aquarium 4 05-16-2008 09:00 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome