ABC Hemianthus callitrichoides "Cuba'
ABC Hemianthus callitrichoides "Cuba'
ABC Hemianthus callitrichoides "Cuba'
ABC Hemianthus callitrichoides "Cuba'

ABC Hemianthus callitrichoides "Cuba'

Regular price $16.00


Difficulty: Moderate to challenging.

Type: Carpeting plant, foreground bush

Size: Max. height of 1cm in high light conditions and up to 5cm in lower light conditions

Position and Usage: Foreground

Growth rate: Medium to very fast

Lighting: 3/5 – 5/5

Water Conditions: Slightly acidic to neutral pH; recommended temperature of 25°C (tolerates 18 - 30°C). Prefers soft water but tolerates all but very hard water

CO2: Recommended

Propagation: Spreads quickly and naturally via runners; cuttings can be re-planted.

Special Requirements: Bright light and CO2 recommended for short, carpeting growth but can also be grown in medium lighting without CO2. 


Hemianthus callitrichoides (HC Cuba) is one of the most magnificent aquarium plants. With millimeter size leaves, dense growth and a vibrant green color, it breathes life into any aquascape. With bright light and carbon dioxide, it grows as a short, dense, creeping carpet. It is extremely flexible and can be used to great effect in the smallest nano aquariums to the largest display tanks. It is especially stunning with shrimp and small, brightly colored fish.

Though it really shines in ‘high tech’ setups where it grows into a vast, pearling lawn of green. HC can also be grown as a normal, albiet tiny stem plant in low tech tanks, bowls and nano-aquariums. Due to its diminutive scale, it can make small aquascapes appear huge and huge aquascapes appear colossal. 

To accommodate its small dense roots, we recommend a fine substrate. Plant in small clumps just a few centimeters apart. When acclimated, H. callitrichoides will grow quickly, and these small clumps will grow into each other, spreading over surprisingly large areas and carpeting the exposed substrate of your tank. Occasional trimming is recommended to tame vertical growth and may be used to intentionally shape the terrain and even creating terrace-like effects.

While nutrient supplementation is not required, a fertile substrate will encourage healthy growth. The accumulation of detritus could choke this plant, so we the occasional gentle vaccuming during water changes. 

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