Hemianthus callitrichoides

Hemianthus callitrichoides is a native of Cuba and considered one of the smallest foreground plant species in the hobby today. Due to its small size, its also one of the most challenging to establish in a new aquarium. Many often categorize this as a high light plant but it will keep under medium light. The best results often come easier grown emersed as its transition to submersed does not incur melting. Submersed farming often requires higher light, CO2 supplementing and active substrate for the best effect though success can be had for less. Its dense and medium growth rate characteristic makes this an excellent choice for iwagumi scaping. This plant will be a challenge with bottom feeding fish and best attempted in a plant only aquarium until its roots are well established and anchored.

Maintenance will require “mowing” to keep its carpet thinned. Neglecting to do so will result in a thick carpet that often will lift off the surface need to be removed and replanted in smaller plugs.


This is not an easy plant to work with but a successful carpet often rewards with a timeless carpeted scape. A must try for any planted hobbyist.


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