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HC, Hemianthus callitrichoides (
HC, Hemianthus callitrichoides
18 - 28 C
5.0 - 7.0
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Planted Tank Guru
The smallest of all aquatic plants, beautiful carpet plant.
Hc is a great plant for the foreground. It spreads quick once established, and for me, it is like a tank, it has steady growth, no matter what. it like excel, and loves aquasoil, although i have it growing in both AS and inert sand. it grows rather slowly in the sand, but still steadily. emmersed growth seems to be better than submerged, with the leaves being slightly lighter than submerged leaves. Can be grown epiphitically(attached to wood) also. It's an all around versatile plant.
This plant and goldfish [B]do not mix[/B]. In less than 12 hours after adding the fish the poor plant was all torn up and had the filter completely clogged. I'm used to my goldfish eating the plants in her tank, and am constantly experimenting with different plants to see what does well, and what becomes a snack. However, I've [I]never[/I] seen her do quite what she did to this plant to any other plant. I rescued the larger pieces with roots still attached and moved it to the beta tank. We'll see if any of it survives.
just put this plant in my tank. hope it turns out as beautiful as everyone elses, if this plant works for me then it will work for anyone that can afford the A-H supply retro fit kits. which are under 100 dollars even for the 36 inch 96 watt. O it also needs excell and co2
At first this plant shocked pretty badly, and it didn't help that my water sprite had taken over the top of the tank, cutting it's light. It looked dead. But I got the sprite and duckweed taken care of, and started fertilizing, and it is now growing back, bright and tiny!
has anyone had success buying this plant at a nursery or finding them outdoors in the wild, then getting them to grow in their tank? There is a garden about a block from my house that has TONS of this stuff covering the ground and I'm thinking i could grab a little bit and put it in my tank.
Planted Tank Enthusiast
Im intending to grow this in my new 14g tank. Its bare at the moment but I want to carpet it with HC. If I grow emmersed shall I just fill the water up to the gravel? Also if I grow emmersed with the other plants be able to grow emmersed too?
Planted Tank Guru
HC is a really beautiful plant when healthy. If you have an emersed setup, you can grow HC with extreme ease in it. In a submersed tank, you'll need CO2 supplementation or Excel dosing. Nonetheless, I have a few scraps of it in my 10 gallon low tech tank, where I only feed the fish, and it survives.
I have 1.7 W/US Gal lighting, will be using DIY Yeast CO2, could i grow a decent carpet of HC or would it die/not grow etc.
Dwarf Baby Tears
I have some of this growing in my low tech tank. I didn't think it would spread at all but it is very very slowly. I only put it in there because I kept losing it to the filter because of cories.
Planted Tank Obsessed
"HC", or Hemianthus callitrichoides, actually more properly known as Micranthemum umbrosum, is also called "shade mudflower". A native North American plant, it can be found in the southern coastal states from Virginia southward to central Florida, and from there, west to Texas, and north as far as Tennessee. There are three species of Micranthemum in North America. (See my post for "Pearlweed".)
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