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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-28-2005, 04:00 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs down Roots everywhere!!!

All of my plants are blasting out roots EVERYWHERE. From the top of the plant to the bottom, pretty much every plant I have is sprouting roots out from all directions. I for one think all these roots are really ugly. Is this normal? Is it a sign of a nutrient deficiency of some kind? Does it mean I have things improrly planted or rooted in the substrate? Or is it just what happens to these types of plants when they grow?

Just for the record, I only have about a 1.75 - 2" deep of Ecocomplete, and most of my plants are stem plants (cabomba, ludwigia, green hedge). The only one of the bunch not exhibiting this is my microsword.
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Most likely it means that the plants are not getting the nutrients they need from the water and send out extra roots to try to absorb more nutrients. You way want to look into dosing your tanks water column if you don't already.

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Hmmmmmm. At the moment I dose 1 capful of flourish once a week following a 50% water change. I must admit my lighting probably isn't quite up to snuff with everything else. Think that would cause it?
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Actually, it is my understanding that certain plants will do this, even if your nutrients in the water column are up to par. Plants like Wisteria, Pennywort, Ludwiga -- mostly stem plants -- will send out varying degrees of roots from their nodes. Some will be more rabid than others.

Remedy? Basically, you just need to pinch or snip them off.

It's an aesthetic thing. I'm not really fond of all the roots either, which is why I now stock my tank with only 1 stem plant. I also grew tired of their fast growth and pruning requirements.

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Hmmmmm, maybe I need to start ditching the stem plants and adding other plants. (I've had these stem plants forever now)
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I saw the same things on L. repens and H. difformis. I don't have near the problem on Bacopa, L. aromatica and other slower growing stem plants. So, maybe it's a more serious problem on faster growing stems?!?

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Its perfectly normal and Ludwigia's are probably the worst at it... also the Hygro's of all kinds. You either need to ditch these plant varieties or get out the scissors and simply "groom them into shape, there is no way to avoid it.
I have found that lower end lighting tends to make the roots a bit more prolific but again, it is unavoidable and normal...
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