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question about roots and dirt

So if one were to have a dirted tank, and wanted to do some rescaping, what harm is there in cutting plants right at the base to remove the plant but leaving the roots under the dirt. Will they rot? or will they just compost under the gravel cap? I see alot of talk bout it being a big mess to remove rooted plants from dirt tanks, but why not just remove the plant or trim it down to the base?
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A lot of people do this.. cut at base or, around base and leave it. I do this but afterwards I SLOWLY pull the remaining roots out. I have little to no dirt disturbance when I do this. You can also gently wiggle the plant and gently pull it from the substrate with little issue. As everything else in the hobby it takes time and patience.
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I'm ok with just leaving roots is what i'm saying, i suppose, unless they'll tank the soil and kill the live roots from neighboring plants. Like for instance if I plant some crypt wendtii toward the back and it gets nice and tall, but I decide I want to remove that species entirely and plant something different in its place, and i cut it at the base, will just leaving those roots cause problems down the road?
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Either they will just rot till their fertilizer or they may grow back.

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either they will just rot till their fertilizer or they may grow back.
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Yep - this is what I do. No problems here!
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