The water lily Red Tiger lotus, Nymphaea lotus 'Red' (sometimes known as N. zenkeri 'Red') can be found growing in its native habitat of tropical Africa, in bodies of stagnant water ranging in size from lakes to small, temporary pools. It has been without question the most popular species of its genus to be kept in home aquaria. Red Tiger lotus is a bulb plant which produces both submersed and floating leaves. Though the plant will grow under low light, higher light values should be favored by the aquarist if the formation of floating leaves is to be avoided. If these floating leaves do develop, however, it is often best to trim them before they get to the surface, since it will be difficult to discourage further foliage of this type once the plant knows where the surface is. Or if you want a bit of shade and the Lilly pad look, just let them grow to the surface.