Hemianthus Callitrichoides AKA Dwarf Baby Tears or simply HC, is the epitome of carpeting plants in the planted tank hobby. Being one of the smallest aquatic plants available, HC is responsible for creating lush foregrounds seen in many famous aquascapes utilizing Iwagumi style layouts. This plant requires much patience as its roots are miniature and take a considerable amount of time to anchor into substrate. Dry start method is recommended to combat this as it will allow the plant to root, hence avoiding floating of plants once the tank is filled. If successful, patience and care will pay off.
Although some have had success growing HC in smaller tanks using liquid carbon, this species requires CO2 injection to truly thrive. It can be quite difficult to grow lush without it. For long term thick carpets, CO2 and consistent fertilization is recommended to maintain a nice foreground.
|Common Name||HC or
Dwarf Baby Tears
Moderate to Difficult
Medium to High
Trim and plant runners
Moderate to Fast
Ultum Nature Systems tissue culture plants are grown in-vitro by laboratories who specialize in propagating aquatic plants. There is a huge selection of plant species that have been propagated this way. This is truly the best option for those who want absolutely zero unwanted pests, algae and pesticides. This makes them perfect for shrimp keepers and any planted tank enthusiasts alike.
NOTE: It is important to remove the tissue culture agar gel before planting. Simply wash the gel away, divide, and plant.
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