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How do you remove plants with large root systems w/ AquaSoil?

Got a plant that is growing too fast and is not mixing well with my scape, I want to remove it without taking pulling up the surrounding plants.

I'm afraid if I just trim it down, that the roots will rot leading to other problems.

The plant has a large root system that I can see through the glass, the roots are healthy, white and big. The plant reaches the top of the water within a week and trimming it just makes the scape ugly to look at.

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Just take a sharp knife and trim the roots down. Decaying roots will just add to the nutrient load in the substrate. Everything will be fine. I've done that a lot with extensive Crypt groups. Just remember to pull the plant out slooooowly to avoid a big mess...and turn off all water circulation when you do it. Having a small drain line near the plant to suck up the tiny particles helps too.

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+1 what Phil said

I stick a pair of scissor in the substrate and start clipping as much root around the plant as possible before pulling the plant out slowly. I had to do this a few time with my sword plant.
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