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Old 06-19-2013, 06:44 AM   #1
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Best way to contain runners?


Just wondering how you all manage plants that want to take over the whole tank. Currently my giant hairgrass and microsword are spreading into my HC. Im moving in about a month so its fine for now but, I am looking for methods of containment for after I set the tank back up.

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Old 06-19-2013, 11:55 AM   #2
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i've never had to physically block off roots, but i think something like a clear plastic flexible sheet would help.
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A barrier could work, but I know with my dwarf sag it actually sends runners over other plants and over the substrate to get to new areas.
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Styrene is a good material to work with.
It can stay formed when heated and its easy to cut
You can just use scissors to cut it or use an xacto blade
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So how far up out of the substrate should it sit? im not that worried about it since my hc grows well enough that it will be hidden soon enough anyways.
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:59 PM   #6
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So how far up out of the substrate should it sit? im not that worried about it since my hc grows well enough that it will be hidden soon enough anyways.
It wouldn't need to stick out of the substrate at all; the top edge can be flush with the substrate, and it should prevent the runners from spreading too much.
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