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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-11-2005, 03:38 AM Thread Starter
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Need help with Babys Tears

My babys tears has started to grow like crazy. There are stems growing parallel to the substrate that are sending down roots. Some of these parellel stems are 1cm above the substrate and some are about 7in above the substrate. Is my baby's tears going into propigation overload?

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First of all, you could have any number of different plants. Baby's tears is a synonym for several differnt species. The baby's tears that I have may indeed be HC, but I'm not 100% sure. After a few months I got kind of tired of trimming it. Use the scissors, then you are hauling little pieces of it out of the tank for the next week. So I left a few strands of it in the foreground. Currently it is tangled in amongst the Lilaeopsis. Aquascaping purists would probably shudder at the tangled mess but I like it. Most of the growth is horizontal and what vertical growth there is gets cut off.
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Sounds like you've got some good healthy growth going there. Congrats!

Now the trick is to keep it looking like you want it. THAT's the bigger challenge .
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Right on, BSS!

The Baby Tears (Hemianthus micranthemoides) you have growing must be under good light.

I have found that when I have Hemianthus micranthemoides under high light, the plant begins to grow low and creep along the substrate. While it forms a really nice carpet, it doesn't work if you want the plant more upright like a bush.

Since "Baby Tears" is a common name and not a scientific one it is hard to know for certain which plant you may be referring to. A photo would help. If you are looking for a very similar plant with a more upright habit under higher light, you may want to look at Micranthemum umbrosum.

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I started out with a few very small strands of Pearlweed. I planted them vertically like stems but they grew out horizontally. The low runner growth grew thicker and thicker and eventually I guess the new shoots underneath were shaded enough by the thick growth that they began to grow upwards a little. Now, it's growing in a nicely shaped bush with an even mix of horizontal and vertical growth and covers a third of my 55g from front glass to back. It's become a challenge to keep trimmed into a nice shape and from running further into my tank.

It's beautiful once it gets thick and becomes a good mix of growth. I like it because it's easy to trim into various shaped and sizes and doesn't produce "holes" after trimming if you're careful.

Yeah, yours has just finally taken off. It's gonna do that.

I trim off the high runners that try to send down long roots. Keep the low runners and they'll eventually send stems up to fill in the upper area. This way you avoid all the white roots you see if you let it grow wild.

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