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RE: Nymphaea Lotus "zenkeri"

I have had this plant in my 50-gal. tank for almost a year now.  It came
from Tropica as a bulb with very few tiny leaves.  It has never melted.  It
has become one of the biggest and most beautiful plants in my tank and keeps
sending out new plantlets.  I let the plantlets grow to a certain point, and
sell them back to the LFS.  They are quite expensive, so I get a decent
price.  I have even totally uprooted it once to move it to a more roomy spot
in the tank.  It just kept growing and growing.

BTW, I have a new one forming now, so if anyone (in Canada) is interested in
a trade of some sort, it should be "ready" in a few weeks.

I also remove the floating leaves on the main plant, but it keeps growing
more.  The only thing (besides the laterite under the gravel) that I have
ever fertilized it with, is a piece of Jobes plant spike (for flowering


> From: "Wm and Colleen Mandeville" <bcmande at viafamily_net>

>     I planted a Nymphaea Lotus with the original batch of plants that went
> into my tank. It promptly melted, and all that remained was the "bulb"
> looking thing, sort of just lying on the fluorite for about two
> months. One
> day I noticed a few leaves beginning to show. What occurred then was the
> most beautiful plant I've ever had in any tank. Really did not
> know what it
> was when I planted it. Did a little reading up on this plant, did the
> nipping off of the floating leaves it kept sending up--there is
> NO space for
> surface flowers in this tank--- and after about a month or so with this
> plant -- it melted again!
>      It has now been in the "bulb" stage for about two months.
> The "bulb" is
> firmly rooted in the fluorite and is very firm to the touch. My
> question is
> this--- is this the norm for this plant--will it grow again--what do I
> expect--how do I care for this thing?
>       Will appreciate any advice from any that have had
> experience with this
> beautiful plant.