Scientific name: Nymphaea zenkeri
Usual maximum size in aquariums: 5 - 30 cm (1.97 - 11.81 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.5 - 7.2
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 8°N (71.43 - 142.86ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 22 - 28 °C (71.6 - 82.4°F)
Reproduction of the plant: Rhizome
Origin (in the wild): Africa
How fast these plants grow: Normal
Recommended substrate: Fine gravel
Demands on lighting: Bright
Ideal placement in a fish tank: Foreground
East Africa, Southeast Asia
Foreground, 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.
This plant gets its common name from the reddish colouration of its leaves that shine in the aquarium making it a great specimen plant. It does require a slow water movement in the tank as the stems are quite delicate and can easily be broken. The substrate must be full of nutrients to get a good growth rate but once they are established they should grow very quickly.