Hemianthus Callitrichoides Cuba

Welcome to our website page dedicated to Hemianthus Callitrichoides Cuba, often abbreviated as HC. This aquatic plant, native to Cuba, has gained popularity among aquarium enthusiasts and aquascapers for its stunning appearance and lush, carpet-like growth. In this webpage, we will provide you with valuable information about HC plants, including care tips, cultivation techniques, and why it’s a fantastic addition to your aquatic setup.

Key Features of HC Cuba

Miniature Carpet Effect: HC Cuba is known for its ability to create a dense, lush carpet of vibrant green foliage in your aquarium. Its small size and delicate appearance make it a favorite choice for aquascaping

Low Maintenance: While it may require some attention, HC Cuba is relatively low-maintenance compared to other carpeting plants. With proper care, it can thrive and carpet your aquarium beautifully.

CO2 and High Light: Achieving the best results with HC Cuba often involves providing it with sufficient CO2 supplementation and high-intensity lighting to encourage compact growth and rich green coloration.

Caring for HC Cuba

Lighting: HC Cuba thrives under high light conditions. LED or T5 lighting with a spectrum in the 6500K range is ideal for promoting healthy growth.

CO2 Injection: Consider using a CO2 injection system to ensure an adequate supply of carbon dioxide. This helps HC Cuba grow compactly and prevents it from growing tall and sparse.

Substrate: A nutrient-rich substrate, such as aqua soil, can greatly benefit HC Cuba. It provides essential nutrients to support its growth.

Trimming: Regular trimming helps maintain the carpet effect and prevents the plant from becoming too dense, which can lead to issues with light penetration.

Water Parameters: HC Cuba prefers soft, slightly acidic water with a temperature range of 72-78°F (22-26°C) and a pH level between 5.5 and 7.0.

Why choose HC Cuba?

HC Cuba is an excellent choice as a foreground plant for aquascapers and aquarium enthusiasts for several reasons –

It adds natural beauty to your tank with its vibrant green color and carpeting growth.

Its compact size allows for creative aquascaping designs.

When properly cared for, it can create a stunning visual focal point in your aquarium.

It provides a natural hiding place for fish and invertebrates.

Type Origin Growth rate Height Light demand CO2
Carpeting
North America
Medium
3-5+
High
High

Key Success Factors

  • Good CO2 levels
  • Adequate lighting – 40umols at substrate +
  • Good planting technique – plant separate small strands rather than bunches