HC refers to Hemianthus callitrichoides 'Cuba', sometimes also called dwarf baby tears. MC refers to Micranthemum 'monte carlo’. Both are common and popular. However while they look quite similar, they are actually vastly different.
The most deceptive thing about light is that it can appear bright to the human eye but not actually be strong enough to grow plants. This is a function of how our eyes perceive different wavelengths, vis a vis the Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR) that plants use for photosynthesis.
The common 'simple fish tank' seems to conform to a standard basic setup that works. While it can indeed function, it is also ironically the hard way to maintain a thriving, algae-free tank. This is why.
While 2Hr Tanks are known for their resilience against algae, but there are still occasions where we face algae problems. We share an example of a tank that was planted prematurely- before proper cycling.
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