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whats a good small lily pad type plant

Does anyone have any suggestions for a small lily pad type plant that will have leaves that will reach the top of the tank as afloter,sort of on the lines of a tiger lotus.


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I keep pennywort, it is small lily pad looking. It does grow to the surface, then I believe it gets a flower. It looks nothing like tiger lotus though.
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I LOVE my pennywort. It hasn't gotten very tall though.

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I agree that pennywort will give you a nice lily pad look.

Double thats because the plant pictured is Hydrocotyle verticillata....under good light it will grow like your growing it now. Great plant I cant wait until I finally get some.

Heres a link:

http://www.plantgeek.net/plant-127.htm

If you want some thing to grow up to the top your tank check this out:

http://www.plantgeek.net/plant-126.htm

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Riley, Ok that makes more sense. HAHA

I can send you a small cutting if you want......
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I agree that pennywort will give you a nice lily pad look.

Double thats because the plant pictured is Hydrocotyle verticillata....under good light it will grow like your growing it now. Great plant I cant wait until I finally get some.

Heres a link:

http://www.plantgeek.net/plant-127.htm

If you want some thing to grow up to the top your tank check this out:

http://www.plantgeek.net/plant-126.htm
Haha, I just bought some Pennywort today, but after seeing these two links, I don't know which it is. I only knew about the marsh one, so I assumed that was what I got. I hope it's the marsh one, since I planted it, but it had loads of frilly roots everywhere just like the Brazilian one.
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What about a dwarf lily - nymphaea (or nuphar) stellata? It's not all that colorful, but mine gets a lot more color when I use root tabs. I like the arrow shaped leaves. It's flower is the national flower of Sri Lanka. It's not tiny, but it's not huge either. Here's what I'm talking about:

http://www.aqualandpetsplus.com/Plan...arf%20Lily.htm

http://www.aquahobby.com/garden/e_stellata.php

(My leaves aren't anywhere near this big as the ones in the last link- I don't know why the picture is different)

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the dwarf lilly is nice.

I had one in a 10g a while back that took over half the tank with only a 13w compact fluorescent.

They were like $3 for two bulbs at wal-mart back then, only one sprouted.
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Nah, dude, what you want is duckweed

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the dwarf lilly is nice.

I had one in a 10g a while back that took over half the tank with only a 13w compact fluorescent.

They were like $3 for two bulbs at wal-mart back then, only one sprouted.
Wow. I guess I need to learn how to grow mine right!

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How about Limnobium laevigatum or Hydrocharis morsus-ranae if you want floating plants?

Oh btw., to my knowledge the valid scientific name for the lily in question is Nymphaea nouchali (syn. N. stellata) (see efloras).
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Wow. I guess I need to learn how to grow mine right!
the funny thing is I couldn't tell you anything.

I switched tanks and now can't get the thing to grow again.
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