Micranthemum callitrichoides 'Cuba' is very popular as a foreground plant in the aquarium trade. Until very recently, this plant was known as Hemianthus callitrichoides, but a revision of the genus has brought us a new name to remember! All the plants we previously called Hemianthus have been moved back into Micranthemum. Micranthemum callitrichoides 'Cuba' has very small leaves and grows in a spreading fashion making it one of the shortest options for a foreground plant. For optimal growth from Dwarf Baby's Tears, as it is sometimes referred to, use highlighting and CO2 injections. However, this plant is probably the best carpet plant for a non-CO2 tank, as long as there is a nutritious (soil based) substrate and good aquarium care.
Divide several pots into very small portions and plant with aquascaping pinsettes through the desired area for the best coverage. Watch them spread quickly to form a dense foreground carpet. If you need larger amounts for a big tank, purchase Micranthemum callitrichoides 'Cuba' grown on the cocofiber mats for an instant foreground.
Common Name: Dwarf Baby's Tears or "HC"
Family Name: Scrophulariaceae
Native To: Cuba
Lighting: Moderate to high
Requirements: Needs a nutritious (soil based) substrate. Does best with supplemental CO2
Growth Form: Creeping
Growth Rate: Fast
True Aquatic: Yes, but will also grow beautifully in a humid terrarium
Placement in Tank: Foreground
Available As: Potted Plant, Rocks ,Mats, Driftwood