Scientific name: Hemianthus callitrichoides
Usual maximum size in aquariums: 0 - 5 cm (0 - 1.97 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6 - 7.3
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 5 - 11°N (89.29 - 196.43ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 21 - 27 °C (69.8 - 80.6°F)
Reproduction of the plant: Runners
Origin (in the wild): North America
How fast these plants grow: Fast
Recommended substrate: Fine gravel
Demands on lighting: Bright
Ideal placement in a fish tank: Foreground
North America; this plant is found in Cuba.
This plant will send out runners spreading itself over the substrate to form a carpet. It can also be propagated by cuttings and should soon form new roots if given the right conditions.
This is a fairly recent addition to the list of plants used in aquariums and has proven to be very popular. It is the smallest leaved plant used in aquariums and if bright lighting is used it will grow very compact. It is usually sold in its emersed state so it will need weighing down to prevent it from floating to the water surface. The use of lead weights or similar will help with this but once it has established try not to move the plant as the roots are very delicate.