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Dwarf Baby Tears
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Dwarf Baby Tears (Hemianthus callitrichoides)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Color Form Green
Water Conditions 68-82° F, KH 0-10, pH 5.0-7.5
Max. Size 6"
Origin Cuba, Farm Raised, USA
Family Scrophulariaceae
Lighting High
Supplements CO2 Fertilization, Substrate Fertilizer
Placement Foreground
Propagation Cuttings, Runners
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Overview

Dwarf Baby Tears plant drapes your aquarium with elegant leaf clusters. The smallest of known aquarium plants, Hemianthus callitrichoides is an ideal foreground plant. If regularly pruned, this bright green South American native can also be floated at the water's surface. Either way, it creates the ideal location for spawning fish to hide their eggs and active bottom dwellers to forage for food.

Native to Cuba, Dwarf Baby Tears will eventually form a dense carpet over your aquarium substrate when planted. Some plants take time to establish themselves; however, once ideal conditions are met, this plant fills in well. For optimal health, H. callitrichoides requires bright, direct lighting and a rich nutrient base.

Provided lighting and nutrient criteria are met, Dwarf Baby Tears is generally not finicky about care. The plant propagates via runners that branch off of the root area. Cuttings from a mature plant can also be repotted and positioned in other areas of your aquarium.

Please note: The mat version of this plant is shipped attached to a polymer coated metal base that needs to be removed prior to planting.

Approximate Purchase Size: Potted: 1" - 2"; Mat: 3" x 5"

Customer Testimonials

Kat Frostfur Northwood , NH
This is my favorite aquarium plant. Looked amazing in my tank.
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