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Hemianthus micranthemoides or "Baby's Tears".

I love it.

It grows in such a dense bush, is SO easy to trim and shape, and the fine leaves give such a great bushy look. I also love the light lime-green color. The killies love snuggling in the bush too! :icon_roll

I have about 1/3 of my 15 gallon covered with it. The tank has 65 watts of lights and DIY CO2 (when I remember) and some Excel, and this has just taken off.

It's SO PRETTY!

I'm hardpressed to find a plant that I like more right now. It isn't anything fancy or new or rare, but it's a great plant.

I have the version that has two leaves per node (Amano perlweed I've heard it called?) Anyone have the version that has 4 leaves per node? I'd be more than happy to trade or buy.

Who else loves HM?
 

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I love HM too, especially when you have an ET carpet.
I only dislike how easily it can melt when replanted.
unfortunately I had to discard all my HM after an algae
outbreak last year, since the HM didn't take too kindly
to being bleach dipped :redface:
 

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Great plant, it can be a giant mess when trimming, and looks awful for a week or two after a heavy trim... but it is well worth it!

I have seen mine grow anywhere from 2-5 leaves per node depending on the tank, or it's mood that day or whatever. I've also seen it grow straight up in low light and creep along the substrate in high light. So, I'm not quite convinced there is more than one species, or if it is just variable based on conditions...

I'd be more than happy to send some to see what it does in your tank, but I recently mowed it down, and it needs some time to recover.
 

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I've been wanting some of this for a while now and just got some in a few days ago from a Swap&Shop deal. I can't wait to plant it! I need to hook up more lights above two more tanks I set up ~ already stuffed all the ones I have lights on. ;)

I feel the same way about Sunset hygro. I just LOVE the stuff! And H. corymbosa "Angustifolia" ~ it' just awesome!! Both grow just about anywhere in anything and with or without anything added. Being a newbie, this is rather heartening for me. :biggrin:

(BTW, Jen ~ I also just got "The Winter King" in the mail a few days ago ~ it's next up in my "To Be Read" pile, right after "Eragon". Thanks for the tip. :))
 

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I really like how this stuff looks, how do you plant it? Is it expensive?
 

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*CampCreek* - OH I love those hygros too! Ever just get STUCK on a plant though, and can't get enough of it? That's me and HM right now. Before it was Rotala rotundifolia, and before that Bolbitus heudolotii. :) And you're going to LOVE The Winter King, but it does take awhile to really get into it. By the end of the third book it had me in tears :). I'd just skip Eragon (I wasn't a fan, :hihi: - to me it was like he took the names, plots, and settings from all my favorite fantasty books, chopped them up and pasted them together, adding filler and a heaping helping of Star Wars and voila! I'm harsh, I know, but when I consider that it was written by a teenager then I can cut him some slack!).

*Fishscale* - It's a stem plant, so you pretty much just push it down into the substrate. When you trim it, it branches and grows into a nice bush.

Not expensive at all since it is such a fast grower. I've seen it at LFSs in a pot for $1.99 or so. I can send you a good clump of what I have for cost of shipping if you want, just PM me your address.
 

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Do you think it would be possible to grow it out in a 10 gallon tank so I could propogate it more easily in my 55 gallon?
 

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I have two HM variants in my tank. One grows consistent 2-leaves per node and straight up, while the other creeps with 3-leaf nodes. Same tank, same conditions. Had both for more than 6 months.

It is a great plant especially for those searching for a good mid-ground plant. It is way too high maintenance for a foreground though, IME. It is a lot like texas sagebrush in my yard. I wish there was a small electric trimmer I could use to mold it better. Scissors work, but you will definitely have a huge mess floating around in your tank for a while.
 

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Ever just get STUCK on a plant though, and can't get enough of it?
Yep! It's the same in terrestrial gardening. One year it was wandering jews, another year brugmansia (how can you NOT LOVE something like this?! Pink Favorite Brug), another year it was beans, another year... :icon_lol: And these fascinations honestly did last a year at a time, and sometimes more. I just got to where I couldn't get enough of them! Just flat out could not quit looking at them, reading about them, playing with them, getting more of them.:icon_roll :icon_lol:

Man, I can't wait to get my HM planted so I can see what you're talking about. Do you have any pics of how you've used yours? How do you use yours? I'll bet I'll love it. I really do like the pictures I see of it used in a scape. It's such a nice little bush form. That's why I've kept an eye out 'til I finally got some. I've got a crazy idea of doing a veggie garden layout just for fun one of these days, complete with a couple peacock moss trees outside the veggie plot, hycrocotyle trained up some sticks for pole beans, baby microswords for carrots, some kind of hygro for corn, etc. Maybe I can do a formal "potager" and use the HM as box hedges around it! :icon_lol:

(About Eragon ~ I didn't remember 'til you said that that someone had told me the same thing about it ~ maybe that was you? LOL! ~ but of course I forgot that when browsing Amazon.com for something to fill out the $25 free shipping thing so I could get a couple books for my MIL. *sigh* The blurb sounded good at the time. Oh, well. I'm not far into it yet, but so far so good. Hopefully I'll still like it since I don't really do a lot of fantasy reading and last time I saw Star Wars was when it was still in theaters ... the first time.:icon_eek: :icon_lol:)
 

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Scissors work, but you will definitely have a huge mess floating around in your tank for a while.
Mow the lawn, then scoop out all the floating stuff. Hey - at least it floats when trimmed :hihi:

*fishscale* - Growing it in a 10 gallon might be easier since you have less depth for the light to filter through and theoretically could have higher light (i.e. it grows better for me in a 15 gallon with 65 watts than in a 110 gallon with 4x65 watts)... but there's no reason it wouldn't just grow in your 55.
 

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Yep! It's the same in terrestrial gardening. One year it was wandering jews, another year brugmansia (how can you NOT LOVE something like this?! Pink Favorite Brug), another year it was beans, another year... And these fascinations honestly did last a year at a time, and sometimes more. I just got to where I couldn't get enough of them! Just flat out could not quit looking at them, reading about them, playing with them, getting more of them.
OOOH good! I'm so going to PM you and pick your brain when I start on my garden. Now that school's out it is time to get started! I'm still working on developing a green thumb for potted plants and stuff outside - haven't quite gotten the hang of it yet though!

And how do I use my HM? I've done it as a short-trimmed foreground in the 15 but right now it is just an unkempt bush (killie spawn media!). I've mixed it in with Sagittaria in the 110 and it looked really nice, softened the lawn a bit. The bush look might be the most popular.

I LOVE your idea for a veggie-garden look! I had a crazy idea awhile back of doing some little small-scale mirror of real life in the tank. I wanted to do a church made out of driftwood with plants as landscape in a "forest" and moss growing down off the roof like shingles. Cute eh? I'm still working on it though - No one is allowed to steal the idea until I get it done though! :hihi: Imagine a couple bristle-nosed plecos or a synodontis as the church resident!
 

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Ya you can scoop it off the top - as long as your filter is not blasting it every which way...

One side trimmed - the other still wild:



And some close-ups:







 

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Patience. It has always been an easy plant for me, but I have heard others have problems with it. It typically takes a while to adapt to a new tank, maybe 3-4 weeks, then it starts to take off.
 

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How exactly do you trim plants? Just reach in the tank? Won't that freak the fish out?
 

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Yep - reach right in there and do what needs to be done. The fish don't mind as long as you don't get them between your scissors...
 

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I love it! You can trim it to be a foreground(carpet), or a bush...
Light green and fairly small leaf size is nice too.
I had a huge mat of it in my 90g for a long time.

 

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Just how short can you trim this for a carpet and still have it be green and healthy?

I like the church idea, Jen! Sounds too cute! Are you going to add a touch of the morbid and build a cemetery next to it? *snicker* And definitely PM me about your yard. I'm in a very different growing zone than you are, but I'll be happy to help you as much as I can.
 
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