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Dwarf Aquarium Lily

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Dwarf Aquarium Lily

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 potted. Have questions about this dwarf aquarium lily set? Reach out to us today!

Reviews (10)

  • 5
    Posted by Sherry on 11 Apr 2022

    Really pretty plants, perfect size. Great addition to the tank

  • 5
    Rosy Addition to my Aquarium
    Posted by Sara W. Robinson on 17 Jan 2022

    The lily arrived in excellent condition, and has adjusted to my betta tank well. The aquarium is in my kitchen which has an abundance of natural light, and is growing more dense and developing a lovely red hue, just as the description says. Very happy with this company. They are my go to for aquascaping.

  • 5
    Dwarf Aquarium Lily
    Posted by Donna Bowen on 29 Nov 2021

    This was my first order and I was impressed with the entire process. My plants arrived early and are all very healthy. This is my new favorite! It adds the perfect amount of color contrast. I'll definitely be getting more.

  • 5
    Dwarf Aquarium Lily
    Posted by Steve Minnick on 14 Sep 2021

    The plant arrived in great shape! I was very pleased to see how healthy the plant was. After soaking it in room temperature for over 24 hours, I planted it in my aquarium. I hope it likes it’s new home.

  • 5
    Posted by chuck welch on 5 Feb 2021

    already has leaves

  • 5
    Beautiful plant
    Posted by Chad Anderson on 19 Jan 2021

    It's nice that the bulb is already sprouted. There is no question as to whether you received a good bulb or not. It hasn't even been a full week and it is already growing beautiful dark bronze leaves. The stems closest to my substrate are also dropping roots already.

  • 5
    Dwarf Aquarium Lily
    Posted by Unknown on 20 Nov 2020

    I’m very pleased with this product so far. I received it quickly and in good condition. It was a bulb with no sprouts, but it sprouted within two days of placing it in my aquarium. It’s growing quickly. I’m excited to see it progress!

  • 5
    Posted by Rafael Rodriguez on 22 Oct 2020

    Beautiful and came in perfect condition

  • 5
    Dwarf Aquarium Lily
    Posted by Unknown on 15 Aug 2020

    I purchased the medium lily plant and, wow, I love it! It arrived healthy and looks fantastic in the tank. It adds the bit of color I was looking for.

  • 4
    Love em
    Posted by Jake Szczepaniak on 31 Jan 2020

    It’s only just now sprouting- so quickly after receiving ing the pods. It’s currently making the water murky but that temporary I’m sure. I love it.