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planting HC

I just got a small patch of HC, and it looks great. I have never had any before and am unsure of how to plant it. I don't see any roots, both sides have leaves.

Anybody out there with experience on planting HC?
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Plant little "plugs" of it buried halfway into the substrate. It will take root and spread all around horizontally much like a miniature version of glosso.


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Yeah, that's the way to do it. I find it easier to plant it in the substrate when the tank has no or very little water. The substrate seems to pack in around the roots better this way and hold it tighter. Trust me, you don't want to have to contantly replace the floating pieces. use tweezers and hold the plants at the bases and plant them that way, give a little wiggle as you open the tweezers to make sure they stay down also. In a few weeks the roots grow pretty long and they take hold pretty well.
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Excuse my ignorance- what's HC stand for?
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Excuse my ignorance- what's HC stand for?

It is short for Hemianthus callitrichoides, which is a very nice carpet plant.
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Thanks, I haven't come across that one so far.
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It piles up like Glosso too. I've seen it pile up to 5 inches before.
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Is it easier or more difficult than glosso? Sound cool, although you most likely can't get it in Oz.
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Is it easier or more difficult than glosso? Sound cool, although you most likely can't get it in Oz.
Here's the description of HC.
Hope it helps.
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just to add, fine 1-2mm gravel/substrate and really skinny tipped tweezers...quite a pain to plant if you don't have the above two...keeps floating if you plan to plant per strand...
usually for new plants like hc or glosso that have no roots, i will let it float in tank till it grow roots before attempting to plant this way. less wastage if plant the roots instead.

if you have big patches of it, you can take 1" squares and pour some gravel on it to prevent it from floating off till the root takes hold. you can also use some toothpicks to hold them down temporarily till the root take hold.

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Yeah, that did help.
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That just reminds me of some plants I bought from LFS. They claimed it to be mini glosso, but they look exactly like HC.
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I find that if you make a circle out of a lead weight and put it on top of the HC patch it will take hold in a couple weeks.
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how much light does HC need? i have a 60G with 3x40watt fluorescent tubes 2wpg. will it be ok??
im just looking for ground cover
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