Tag Archives: Water lily

A view from the top

2 Jan

The water lilies have done well in the aquarium. I thought this tank has seemed a bit dark lately.

Here’s why:


Looking down at a Gold Angle baby.

Looking down at a Gold Angel baby.

Water Lilies in the aquarium

24 Nov

For the past several years I have brought in a tropical Water Lily into my 55 gallon aquarium. I put it into a clay flowerpot, add some soil and cover the surface with sand or gravel. The lily does well for awhile, dies back for awhile,   and I put it back outside in the Spring.

I was just given a few tubers from some native Water Lilies (thanks, CG) and I haven’t put them into pots yet.  Within a day of being dropped into the water, the young reddish leaves came springing out. SPRING!

They look so natural in an aquarium but I know that they are too big for the small tank I have them in now.

Water Lilies look fantastic in an indoor aquarium but I suspect that they require intense lighting and a nutrient -rich substrate. When I see them on a lake or river they are growing in the stinkiest, most fertile ooze you can imagine.

These native lilies are probably “programmed” to rest at this time of year . These were outside for a few cold weeks and maybe they have been fooled into thinking (the wrong word for a plant) that it is Springtime, and will do OK in the aquarium. We’ll find out.

Water Lily in the aquarium

9 Jan

I have a tropical Water Lily in my small outdoor pond. In the Fall, I re-pot it and drop it into my aquarium. It does pretty good and my Angelfish have spawned on it a few times.

I’ll say it again,  re-pot it before putting it in the Aquarium, the muck that comes from the pond is very smelly. Remove the Water Lily and hose the roots off gently. You can see I use some larger rocks to hide the clay flowerpot.