Baby tears aquarium plant
I’m growing baby tears live plant in one of the shrimp tanks. Scientific name of this plant is Micranthemum Umbrosum. As you can see, it’s not easy to pronounce and remember, so people are using common name ‘baby tears’. Do not mix it with dwarf baby tears, that will be Hemianthus callitrichoides and it’s quite different in appearance and care.
I will not wrote a lot about growing baby tears, you can easily find lots of info online. It’s not a low light plant, it definitely required at least medium light and will get benefits from high light. This is fast growing plant and more light will not cause any problems to it nor let algae grow on it leaves. An interesting thing about this plant that it came from our South neighbour. This plant is originates from Texas, Florida and Virginia in USA. It grow in ditches, small ponds and streams and prefer stale water. As you know, water level in ditches and ponds and not always the same and Micranthemum Umbrosum adopts to it growing outside of the water (emersed).
My baby tears started to grow like crazy in about a month ago and they are little took over the whole tank. All top part of the aquarium has been covered with small Micranthemum Umbrosum leaves and they are some of them were perfectly growing out of the tank. Look at some photos of the emersed plants here:
and one more photo of a plants in a tank