Tissue culture plants are cultivated in sterile lab settings ensuring your plant is free from pests, snails and algae! These are young specimen that are grown in emersed forms. Gel should always be removed prior to planting.
LIVE PLANTS ARE SUSCEPTIBLE TO STRESS AND DAMAGE FROM TRANSIT - This may appear in the form of minimal melt, leaf loss, cosmetic damage, etc. Refunds or replacements will not be issued for plants with viable root systems or that die out of our care.
Hemianthus Callitrichoides is a popular foreground carpeting aquarium plant!
Remove this plant from its growing medium before planting.
Click here to shop all aquarium plants!
Hemianthus Callitrichoides, sometimes referred to as dwarf baby tears, HC Cuba or simply HC, is the smallest carpeting plant in the planted tank hobby. Offering some of the tiniest leaves in the hobby, HC is both capable and responsible for creating lush foregrounds seen in many famous aquascapes utilizing Iwagumi style layouts. This plant requires much patience as its root system is miniature and takes a considerable amount of time to anchor into the substrate. The dry start method is sometimes recommended to combat this as it will allow the plant to root, reducing the hassle that comes with floating plants in a freshly filled aquarium. If successful, patience and care will reward generously.
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.
Below is an Ultum Nature Systems 45U 9 gallon tank featuring Hemianthus Callitrichoides in the foreground:
|Common Name||HC or
Dwarf Baby Tears
Moderate to Difficult
Medium to High
Trim and plant runners
Moderate to Fast
Shipping, Returns and Refunds
Live plants are shipped Monday - Friday for all west coast orders. For all remaining states, live plants will only be shipped Monday through Wednesday and Friday to ensure they arrive at your doorstep 100% healthy.
Rimless aquariums will be shipped throughout the week via UPS or Fedex Ground. For more information, please visit our FAQ page.
Hard goods can be returned up to 14 days after receipt of purchase. Buyer is responsible for return shipping.
Due to its nature, we are unable to accept returns for live plants. In the unlikely event you are unsatisfied in any way, please contact us ASAP. We provide 100% DOA (Dead On Arrival) protection.
To be eligible for a refund/store credit, please contact us within 12 hours of receiving it and provide a photo of the item in its original packaging.
No worries, we’ll take care of everything as long as it fits the guidelines above.
Most answers to general questions can be found on our FAQ page.