Scientific name: Nymphaea pubescens
Usual maximum size in aquariums: 25 - 55 cm (9.84 - 21.65 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.1 - 7.7
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 5 - 23°N (89.29 - 410.71ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 22 - 27 °C (71.6 - 80.6°F)
Reproduction of the plant: Rhizome
Origin (in the wild): South Asia
How fast these plants grow: Normal
Recommended substrate: Gravel
Demands on lighting: Bright
Ideal placement in a fish tank: Floating
Hairy Water Lily, Pink Water Lily
South Asia; colonies of this plant can also now be found in Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Background, this should be treated as a specimen plant and be given lots of room with nothing around it.
This plant is a rhizome plant and can be propagated by using the division method. This simply means that the rhizome can be divided into smaller pieces and each of these will grow into new plants. When re-planting this, never totally bury the whole of the rhizome as this will cause it to rot. Leave the top 1/3 showing above the substrate.
In the wild these plants attach their rhizomes into the muddy substrate and send floating leaves up to the water surface. They do require a lot of nutrients to grow successfully but they are not that difficult to keep. The flower stems will also grow above the water surface but in the aquarium these are often removed to keep the submerged foliage nice and dense.This plant is suitable for fish ponds much more than for ordinary aquariums.
Bought by aqua-fish.net from jjphoto.dk. The second picture was provided by Oliver.