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Dwarf bulbs?

I recently planted a tiger lotus, but it got way too big. Are there any other bulb type plants that stay small?
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I recently planted a tiger lotus, but it got way too big. Are there any other bulb type plants that stay small?
The Colorado Aquarium Society is holding a plant growth compeition which involved buying a dwarf lily bulb (sold at the meeting for $2 each) and growing it out for 6mos. after which the plants will be judged.

I dropped mine into my tank and let it do its thing. The first leaves sprouted within days (small and unformed, tho). In 2 months, here is what it looks like. To give you a sense of scale, the plants behind it are dwarf hairgrass and HC.



I love the size and color, but I have no idea what kind of dwarf lily it is. Very cool plant.

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That would be absolutely perfect. Thanks for sharing Will. Does anyone know what this is?
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Some of the bulbs you can buy at walmart of all places are listed as dwarf lily bulbs, the one I planted turned out to be just right, about half the size of the leaves on my normal lily bulb.
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That would be absolutely perfect. Thanks for sharing Will. Does anyone know what this is?
Its a dwarf lilly. Dwarf being a relative term. Mine grow quite fast and reach the water's surface on my 29 long. But, the leaf is only 2 inches wide, and I just trim them when they get to be too much. I got mine online.

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kcrossley, most of these get big but some take longer than others. Usually by the time they get big they put out another bulb so you can start over. Or you could try researching the aponogetons. Most of those get pretty large also tho...

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The Colorado Aquarium Society is holding a plant growth compeition which involved buying a dwarf lily bulb (sold at the meeting for $2 each) and growing it out for 6mos. after which the plants will be judged.

I dropped mine into my tank and let it do its thing. The first leaves sprouted within days (small and unformed, tho). In 2 months, here is what it looks like. To give you a sense of scale, the plants behind it are dwarf hairgrass and HC.



I love the size and color, but I have no idea what kind of dwarf lily it is. Very cool plant.

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Will, is that HC I see in your tank? I tried growing some of that but it didn't fair too well with the gravel I had, which looks similar to yours. Are you using pressurized CO2? What about ferts? You're clearly doing something right.
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With my tiger lotus, if you keep trimming the leaves before they grow too big (and definitely before they reach the water surface), then they will stay small and compact. The leaves on mine only grow to about the size of a quarter and the stems are only 2" long. It's been like this for about a year now.


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Will, is that HC I see in your tank? I tried growing some of that but it didn't fair too well with the gravel I had, which looks similar to yours. Are you using pressurized CO2? What about ferts? You're clearly doing something right.
Yes, that's HC and it's been easier than I expected to get going. I should do a post of its progression in my tank (I have photos over the months showing progress and problems). Need some time to put that together, but to answer you immediate questions:

90g with Eco Complete Black substrate
208W T5 lighting, on from 1-3pm, off till 5, then on till midnight (9 hours)
CO2 injection set to yellow/green on drop checker
EI dosing method weekly with 50-60% water change by H20 volume (H20 volume is 80g)
100% RO water for changes (I stopped using tap all together after a few mysterious algae blooms)
NO3: .5 at start of EI cycle; 0.1 or 0.0 by the end
PO4: .1 at start of EI cycle; .05 by the end
Add 15g baking soda at start of EI cycle (KH 3-4)
Add 15g Tom Barr's GH booster at start of EI cycle (GH 3)
Plantex CSM+B when I remember! (2g added the day after water change - maybe)

I've also used the spot treatment method with Excel on patches of thread algae when it appeared a couple of times. The treatment stunted the spot in the HC where treated, but it killed the algae and the HC recovered after 2 weeks or so. Sadly, I lost an beautiful clump of Java fern (rotted slowly over the course of 3-4 weeks from the roots up until I noticed and it was too late to save). I also slowly lost about 6-7 shrimp (first Amanos, then Malaysian) over the course of 2-3 months. I blame all that on the Excel treatments for some reason.

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