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post #1 of 4 Old 09-27-2011, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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Lily ID help!

I bought a bulb from petsmart a few weeks ago that was labeled as Nymphaea sp. The picture on the back of the package looked like a Tiger Lotus.

However, it started sending out a few leaves this week and to me, it looks more like the Dwarf Lily, Nymphaea Stellata. I have one of these in my other tank and the leaves closely resemble it. But, I've never had a Tiger Lotus so I dont know if the leaves start out in a similar way or not.

Does anyone have any experience with growing these from a bulb and might be able to help me ID this?

Here are a few shots, I planted it all the way in the back of my tank because I thought it would be the larger Tiger Lotus so the pictures aren't that great, sorry.
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-27-2011, 09:53 PM
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Looks like a dwarf lily bulb to me. Tiger Lotus looks...different when growing.
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post #3 of 4 Old 09-28-2011, 10:31 AM
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I'm going to guess the opposite. I have two Nymphaea lotus (red), and I'm pretty sure the new leaves look like this. You might want to move it out under more direct light though, it may not do well in shade. Once it has surface leaves you can move the bulb back.

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post #4 of 4 Old 09-28-2011, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
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I was going to move it, but I was afraid it might disrupt the growth. Its rooting off to the side into the gravel. It gets a little more light than the pictures imply though. Its weird, Its almost like the leaves showed up over the course of one day, and it is growing FAST now. Every day I come home there are more leaves and they're bigger than the day before.
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