• Hemianthus callitrichoides – var. *Cuba Dwarf Baby Tears, HC, Cuba, Dwarf Helzine


    Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
    Type: Carpeting plant
    Size: Max. height of 1cm in high light conditions and up to 5cm in lower light conditions
    Position and Usage: Foreground
    Growth rate: Medium to fast 
    Lighting: 4/5 – 5/5
    Water Conditions: Slightly acidic to neutral pH; recommended temperature of 25°C (tolerates 18 - 30°C). Tolerates all but very hard water
    CO2: Required
    Propagation: Spreads naturally via runners; cuttings can be re-planted in substrate
    Special Requirements: Bright light and pressurized CO2 injection required


    Hemianthus callitrichoides var. *Cuba

    SKU: 00076
    • Hemianthus callitrichoides (var. Cuba) is one of the world’s smallest aquarium plants with just millimeter-sized leaves. It is a low carpet variety that requires bright light and pressurized carbon dioxide injection to thrive. For this reason, we recommend that this plant be grown in ‘high tech’ setups. Due to its diminutive size, we also recommend a fine substrate with specimens planted in small clumps just a few centimeters apart. After a short period of acclimation, H. callitrichoides will grow quickly, and these small clumps should spread over surprisingly large areas, carpeting the foreground of your tank. Occasional trimming is recommended to tame vertical growth and may be used to shape the landscape through the creation of terrace-like spaces. While nutrient supplementation is not required, a fertile substrate will encourage healthy growth. The accumulation of detritus will choke this plant, so we recommend fertilization via root capsules rather than simply allowing fertilization to occur via the decaying organic debris. Although herbivorous or digging fish will uproot and damage H. callitrichoides, shrimp will not. In fact, we recommend the addition of shrimp to your tank as they will clean leaf detritus gently, maintaining aquascape health and aesthetic. We also recommend a slightly acidic to neutral tank pH as alkaline waters may result in lime deposits on the tiny, delicate leaves, slowing growth dramatically.