Dwarf Baby Tears Plant (Hemianthus Callitrichoides)
The dwarf baby tears plant is a tiny aquarium plant that has gained popularity among aquarists. For those unfamiliar with this species, these plants are tiny yet versatile in the aquatic environment: perfect for smaller tanks or as an accent piece on larger aquascapes.
Dwarf Baby Tears Plant (Hemianthus Callitrichoides, Cuba) is one of the most miniature aquarium plants globally but a beautiful aquarium plant.
This plant is very noticable in the forefront of your nano tank; they’re also great as accents or in between rocks.
If planted in small clumps a few centimetres apart, under the correct conditions will spread rapidly to cover the bottom like a carpet. Found on Cuba west of Havana.
Growth rate: Medium
Height: 3 – 5cm+
Light demand: High
CO2 : High
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In the summer of 1996 at Tropica’s headquarters in Las Pozas Cuba, Freshwater aquarium plant expert Holger Windelov noticed a small plant that had been growing near his office for some time. After investigating further, he discovered it was one of two new species called Hemianthus callitrichoides.
Certainly, Holger done a fantastic job finding this plant in submerged in water and surrounded by rocks. If we all had his curiosity and knowledge what might we find on a trek?
The Hemianthus callitrichoides are miniature copies of the more common hemiantus micranthemioe. They form small glades about 3-6 cm high, differing from their counterpart in smaller leaves and shorter stems.
Difficulties in keeping
The Hemianthus callitrichoides Cuba plant is challenging to keep successfully unless you are willing to put in the time and effort.
The plants high demand for fertizilisation and minerals makes them quite a research and setup chore for beginner aquarists due to their demanding nature.
These plants require
- A small-grained substrate
- Strong lighting
- An artificial CO2 supply
- Fertilization during its growth cycle.
To ensure that a pesky neighboring plant does not crowd out your dwarf baby tears plants, you need to regularly trim and thin the adjacent fauna.
The plant, which is tolerant of little or no light and can still grow successfully in these conditions, will instead elongate at such a lack. If the light is not strong enough, it won’t even develop until you give the plant bright lighting again–so if no growth, that means turning on some extra lamps for now!
The stronger your lights are, the thicker their carpet becomes, with stems tightly wrapped around each other when they’re under high wattage illumination.
This plant has its own requirements as far as fertilization goes: especially ferrum content in water needs to be considered. Without enough fertilizer leaves become pale and small given the high demand by this particular species.
That’s why iron-containing liquid fertilizers should always be used precisely as directed with this in your aquarium.
Dwarf baby tears plants are remarkable for their ability to restore colour after being submerged in water quickly.
So they make for an excellent indicator of the iron content within a tank’s surface, as well!
This plant can be grown with a high chance of success with optimal conditions such as CO2 supply and an ideal temperature between 20-28°C.
Can Hemianthus Callitrichoides Cuba live without CO2?
CO2 is paramount to HCC success – this plant primarily thrives only with elevated carbon dioxide levels. It may live, but it will struggle, and we recommend not purchasing this plant without a CO2 system.