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Those Weird Crypotcoryne Roots

Hey guys. Every single Cryptocoryne I have ever owned grows weird fuzzy-like things out of the gravel, beneath around the base of the stem. These are not the roots, nor the leaves, but something in between that does not seem to grow on other species of aquatic plants. What are these things?
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dunno, mine dont havem

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Got a pic? Doesnt sound like anything ive ever had either.

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Look like this?



My brown crypts didn't have them for years, but in my new tank they have shot up pretty fast.
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sure look like roots trying to find a better source of nutrients aka watercolum imo
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Yeah i agree with HypnoticAquatic... Sometimes since crypts dont get enough nutrients from below they would probably go for the top...

This could be a cuase of your water quality compared to your old water....

Try taking one out and looking at it... I mean this is the only way to kno...
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Yeah, if your crypt roots are growing out theres a problem. Mine dont do that and ive had some for 10 years. On the other hand, alot of times when planting you dont manage to get all of the roots into the substrate. These roots will live and start to color up with (I assume) chlorophyll. They are easily trimmed off without hurting the plant. Its easier to trim your roots to an inch or two before planting to prevent this.

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Just posted to see if this is what Montbars was talking about because I wondered abut the growth.

I trimmed the roots before I transplanted them. Since then I moved them and a pretty good root system had developed. The second picture is a runner that popped up with the same root system.

They have aquariumplants.com fert pellets next to them and I dose ferts every other day. I am having problems keeping Nitrates up so that could be it. Root system on all other plants are normal.
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well thats very good to kno... my vals are producing runners like crazy... there everywhere!!! haha
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roots probably arent getting enough ferts
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get an rich 8 to 10 cm substrate .
what you see there are roots
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Could also be overcrowding of the roots or a compacted substrate forcing the roots to go up.
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if you notice the gravel is quite coarse and with much spatiation between the sand grains. I suspect that is not some root overcrowding but a severe lack of nutrients in the substrate
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All my crypts do this, and they have plenty of nutrients and space. I thought it was normal.
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strange
but bottom line. if they grow..who care about strange roots right?
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