Baby's Tears Potted Plant
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Dwarf Baby Tears, also known as DBT or Hemianthus Callitrichoides in aquarium literature, is one of the most popular foreground plants for planted aquariums.
It grows tiny, bright green leaves at an amazing speed, covering the tank floor with a lush emerald carpet.
The DBT naturally occurs in Cuba, but is has spread through planted tanks worldwide. They are usually sold individually in small pots or, for less patient aquarists that want an instant carpet, they come already grown and rooted in coco fiber mats.
The Hemianthus Callitrichoides will thrive in mostly acidic water with a pH range between 5.0-7.5 and a temperature between 70-84 degrees Fahrenheit. Being so small, this plant is ideal even for Nano tanks, provided they are well-lit.
Light as strong as 2 watts per gallon minimum should be available to keep the plant growing close to the ground. Less light will cause it to rise up to the water’s surface, where it naturally lives in the wild.
Dwarf Baby Tears are usually found rooting on porous rocks or driftwood pieces. They can also be planted in the substrate as a foreground plant, but the effect is much stronger and natural when attached to other tank objects.
You can tie small sections of Hemianthus to a rock or wooden piece of your choice and leave it to develop its roots around the object. Most aquarists prefer using cotton thread instead of rubber bands or fishing line, as it is hardly noticeable and it dissolves over time, leaving only the roots attached.
Another way of keeping them from floating around would be to cover the Dwarf Baby Tears’ roots with moss that will add some weight to the plant.