So, I decided to take the sword out and trim the roots... BAD IDEA! I started to slowly pull it up, and notice plants on the edges of the tank moving, the entire gravel bed was moving like a sheet because of the root mass! At that point, it was a lost cause, so I yanked it out. In doing so, I saw one of my fish against the glass UNDER the gravel, so I had to dig it out! All the fish are in my 5 gal for a couple days until I get this tank put back together... and the sword is in the garbage, after I ripped it into many pieces because of what it had done to me! My main concern is the stress on the plants, especially the S. repens 049, microsword, and C. spiralis, as all of them were rebounding from the stress of previous re-plantings. The other is the nutrients I'm going to lose, I already see at least 1/8 of building settling from the murky water (some from flourite I'm sure) maybe this disaster will be good, as it has caused me to disturb the substrate, and mix the sand/flourite together (been over 2 years since I put the flourite on top). Anyone have a major mess up like this... what can I expect in the next few weeks???