Dwarf Baby Tears (Hemianthus callitrichoides) Tissue Culture
Dwarf Baby Tears (Hemianthus callitrichoides "Cuba") is among the most popular and beautiful carpeting plants for the aquarium!
Dwarf Baby Tears (Hemianthus callitrichoides "Cuba") is an exceedingly popular foreground plant in the freshwater aquarium. Its short, yet plentiful leaf clusters will cover virtually all substrate, rockwork, and driftwood of even very large aquariums with proper care. It can also thrive and grow as a floating mat at the surface of the water, providing refuge for fish and shrimp fry while maintaining its role as a beautiful decorative plant.
While not an expert-level plant, Dwarf Baby Tears is a bit more demanding than regular Baby Tears. It requires high lighting and nutrient-rich water. While not absolutely necessary, CO2 supplementation is beneficial and will contribute to much faster growth and stability. This plant will regress rapidly if it does not have excellent water conditions.
Like most plants, Dwarf Baby Tears will benefit from supplementation such as Seachem Flourish, Flourish Excel, Nitrogen and other plant supplements.
This listing is for the tissue culture form of Dwarf Baby Tears. Tissue cultures are superior to traditional forms of aquarium plants in many ways. They are produced in a completely sterile environment which eliminates the possibility of them carrying pest snails or algae spores. They have a shelf life (before introduction to the aquarium) of several months if properly maintained and they are housed in a nutrient gel until introduced to the aquarium. To introduce a tissue culture plant to the aquarium, simply rinse off as much nutrient gel as possible, then plant as usual. The nutrient gel will not harm your aquarium.
What We Like About This Plant:
- Tissue cultures contain no unwanted pest animals or algae
- Fast growing when kept in nutrient-rich water
- Can be attached to almost any aquarium décor or left floating in loose form
- Provides protective cover for fry
- Quickly covers large portions of the aquascape
- Temperature: 68° - 82° F (20° - 28° C)
- pH: 5.0 - 7.5
- Lighting: High
- Origin: Lab-grown tissue culture, but indigenous to Cuba
- Aquarium placement: Foreground
- Care: Moderate
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