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Uprooting red tiger lotus

The pink telanthera that I have in my tank is just not doing well. I've tried nursing it back to no avail. It's becoming an eyesore and I'm thinking of just removing it. I would place my red tiger lotus where the telanthera currently is. How sensitive is this plant to being moved? I got it from online as a bulb, only having 3 tiny leaves on it. Over the past ~3 weeks it has exploded and has lots of large leaves now. How detrimental would relocation be?

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The pink telanthera that I have in my tank is just not doing well. I've tried nursing it back to no avail. It's becoming an eyesore and I'm thinking of just removing it. I would place my red tiger lotus where the telanthera currently is. How sensitive is this plant to being moved? I got it from online as a bulb, only having 3 tiny leaves on it. Over the past ~3 weeks it has exploded and has lots of large leaves now. How detrimental would relocation be?
Even houseplants 'sulk' sometimes when being repotted. Lotus aer prretty hardy plants so you shouldn't have a problem.

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@finnipper59 Thanks! I expect it to feel some distress, but I didn't know if it was like crypts, who really hate to be moved. When I pull it up, should I trim the roots back before replanting?

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@finnipper59 Thanks! I expect it to feel some distress, but I didn't know if it was like crypts, who really hate to be moved. When I pull it up, should I trim the roots back before replanting?
You could trim the roots just to prompt them to grow new side roots because of the loss of their tips, but not too much since you already have a lot of new leaf growth.

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If you pull it up and replant, the existing roots will rot. Same goes for swords and most other rosette plants.
Just leave enough roots to prevent it from floating. Most likely, you will need some stones to weight it down.
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You could trim the roots just to prompt them to grow new side roots because of the loss of their tips, but not too much since you already have a lot of new leaf growth.

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OVT is right about needing to weight it down with rocks or something. It tuber has gas filled pockets.

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