Removing large, overgrown plants
I have a heavily planted 90 gallon tank and it's getting a bit out of control.
We haven't been trimming as much as we should have, three of our swords are _constantly_ sending out long spikes, and another has grown completely out of the tank. The one corner is particularily bad, if I grab one stalk, I can lift the entire back corner of the tank up like carpet.
On a side note, the speed at which those spikes can grow is simply amazing, one day it's just under the surface, the next day it may have almost a foots worth out of the water.
From searches, I see one of the recommendations is to pull up and replant 1/4 - 1/3 of the tank every 3-4 months. I'll start doing this, but in the meantime, I have one concern. Should I be trying to get every last bit of root structure out of the substrate? The one corner is quite dense, with a couple swords (one of which is almost 2 years old), and quite a bit of Val. You can't see the substrate back there for all the roots.
So should I just pull, vacuum the crap out of it, and replant?
Substrate is Turface...