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Dwarf Aquarium Lily (Nymphaea Stellata) - Potted

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Dwarf Aquarium Lily | Potted

Sometimes confused with another plant called the Red Tiger Lotus, the dwarf aquarium lily is slightly smaller in size. With spade-shaped leaves in a brownish-pink hue, it adds a little more interest and life to a tank that is full of green background plants.

Native to India, your dwarf lily belongs in the midground of your aquascape. Most of the time, this plant won’t grow any taller than 5” in your tank.

Care & Maintenance for Dwarf Lily

This aquarium plant does not have any special requirements and will do well in a variety of tank/water conditions. It does, however, appreciate some extra fertilization and iron supplements to help the plant produce a more intense red coloration.

  • Minimum Lighting Required: Moderate
  • Temperature Range: 71-83°F
  • Tank Placement: Midground

The size of the leaves a dwarf aquarium lily grows will depend on the amount of light you have in your tank. Dimmer tank lights will result in leaves that are spread out and that grow on longer stalks reaching upwards toward the surface of the water or source of the light. They may also be greener in color. Brighter tanks or those with more intense lighting will cause dwarf lilies to grow more compact leaves on shorter stems with a more intense red coloration.


When you receive your dwarf lily, first make sure your tank temperature is adequate, as the plant will deteriorate in cooler waters outside the water temperature parameters. Then, simply bury the bulb into the substrate, and watch as it grows!

Typically, your dwarf lily may go through dormant cycles and lose its leaves. Don’t panic! When in a good growing environment, they’ll grow back in just a few weeks. Similarly, when your lily arrives, give it some time to adjust to your water parameters and in no time the plant will produce new leaves in your tank.

Dwarf Lily is also available bareroot. Have questions about this dwarf aquarium lily set? Reach out to us today!

Reviews (10)

  • 4
    Very good dwarf Lilly
    Posted by Kali Bechel on 23 Apr 2022

    I kept this potted to help the growing process. It’s doing well, still small BUT is growing so that is all that matters! The plans I have ordered have out lasted the aquatic plants I have bought locally from farm and home store that get shipped in every week. So very happy with all these products Iv got from Moderm Aquarium.

  • 5
    Gorgeous plant!
    Posted by Lindsay on 9 Nov 2021

    I love this plant! It grows quickly and adds a nice cover to the top of the aquarium. My betta loves laying on the leaves.

  • 5
    Better than expected
    Posted by Manuel on 1 Oct 2021

    This Lily came in a potted, Really beautiful, hope keep growing. Great colors

  • 5
    What a beauty
    Posted by Glenn Starner-Tate on 1 Oct 2021

    Needed a centerpiece for the planted aquarium. This guy is great. Love the colors.

  • 5
    Posted by Amanda Jones on 7 Aug 2021

    Looked great on arrival and is already thriving in my tank

  • 5
    Beautiful and healthy!
    Posted by Shelia Eaton on 7 Jul 2021

    My favorite plant store!

  • 5
    Posted by TWynnB on 8 Jun 2021

    Wow! This bulb had probably 15+ leaves on it, and nice healthy roots off of it. Gorgeous plant.

  • 5
    Posted by TWynnB on 8 Jun 2021

    Wow! This bulb had probably 20 leaves on it, and nice healthy roots off of it. Gorgeous plant.

  • 5
    Posted by Belle Lang on 21 Apr 2021

    Small but healthy with nice roots

  • 5
    Pretty shaped leaves
    Posted by Dawn Gordon on 19 Mar 2021

    I love the arrowhead shape of the leaves. The plant is healthy and arrived in good condition. I can hardly wait to see it put on some good growth.