DWARF BABY TEARS, Hemianthus callitrichoides

DWARF BABY TEARS, Hemianthus callitrichoides

Your Price: $4.95
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Part Number:HCPTD
Quantity Pricing
  • 6 - 10
  • $4.75
  • 11+
  • $4.60

Hemianthus callitrichoides, also known as Dwarf Baby Tears, is one of the smallest aquarium plants in the world, and creeps over the bottom with millimeter-sized round leaves. If planted in small clumps a few centimeters apart, it will spread rapidly and cover the bottom like a carpet.

Hardiness: Moderate
Light Needs: Moderate to High
Plant Structure: Stem
Family: Scrophulariaceae
Genus: Hemianthus
Region: Central/South America
Location: Cuba
Size: Individual stem width: 0.5cm (0.25in)
Growth Rate: Medium


CO2 or use of a CO2 additive (such as Seachem Excel) is recommended


You are buying 1 pot that will cover approx a 4" by 4" area. If you plant it in the pot it will cover a 2" by 2" area. 

Potted plants are better to start with then "bunched" plants as they have their entire root system intact, which makes them less likely to go in to shock when transplanted in your aquarium.

Planting Instructions

Potted plants are started in rock wool. To plant, remove as much rock wool as possible. Most of the rock wool will pull off. If you have any left and want it off, shake the plant gently by holding it by the roots and shaking in water. Leaving some rock wool will help anchor the plant in your substrate.

Separate the plant into 1/8" pieces with roots and plant 1/8" to 1/4" apart in your substrate. This will leave room for the plant to propagate and spread. If you want instant gratification, you can place plants closer together. It will take more plant to fill in the area you want to cover when planting closer.

Only plant the root in your substrate, not any of the plant itself as this can cause melting or shock. For more information on planting and caring for your plants please go here



5 Stars
Big portions and healthy
I ordered two pots for my new nano, and was very pleased with the product. Healthy and green, pot was nice and full. Some of the best HC I've bought either online or in-person.
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Reviewed by:  from Bunker Hill, WV. on 1/10/2014
5 Stars
Always full and green
I have bought this plant many times from here and each time the pot comes in completely full and green. Always the healthiest HC I have ever bought. Thanks Planted Aquariums Central
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Reviewed by:  from Houston TX. on 1/6/2014
5 Stars
#they're amazing
I ordered a few plants to start off a new planted tank. I got many more than I asked for, including another potted dwarf baby tears. Let me tell you, as amazing as the staff is here, the plants are just as amazing. They were lush green when I received them and they're still doing amazing! order here and you won't regret it.
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Reviewed by:  from Utah. on 6/7/2017
5 Stars
Great Quality
The baby dwarf tears came in awesome condition, planted into my aquarium and they are doing good. Also ordered their Cryptocoryne parva and it was hands down the healthiest plant I've ever ordered online. I will definitely purchase here again for my future planting needs.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from West Coast. on 3/13/2017
5 Stars
Experience Fish keeper
First of all I ordered two Potts they sent me three and the quality is next to know other site out there hands down this is the place to get your baby tears and all other plants you like
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Bay Area . on 4/13/2016
5 Stars
I ordered two potted portions of HC. They both arrived quickly and in great condition. I spread it out amongst two of my tanks and it looks wonderful! Beautiful carpeting plant.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Washington. on 10/24/2017
5 Stars
Very good plant
I got a very full pot of this plant. Very green and fresh. I had a hard time to pull them off the substrate, broke some roots Lol. Hope they can survive. For the plant, it has a very good quality!
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Lubbock. on 6/13/2019
4 Stars
Almost Perfect
Bought two of these and one came beautifully lush and green, but the other was half rotted! I was disappointed about having to throw away more than half of the second bundle, though overall a great experience.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Boone, NC. on 4/25/2018

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