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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-20-2005, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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What's up with these roots?

OK, I'm new to planted tanks...just set this tank up about 6 days ago. Is this normal root growth for newly planted stems?




Also, any idea what that white stuff is on the leaves to the left? Looks like some kind of eggs...


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pH - 6.9 (working on getting it down to 6.8 or so)
KH - 6
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PO4 - 1ppm
NO3 - 15 ppm
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Yes, perfectly normal. Your plants are growing. As to the white stuff, I can't tell from pic. If the plant is recently introduced and it came with the 'white stuff', I'd lose it real quick!

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That white stuff is seed pods. Normal for some Eleocharis species. I found this using the search, I hope it helps
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=15922

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Yeah...I figured as much about the seed pods on the hair grass...I was more worried about the "airborn" (for lack of a better term) roots and the egg-like stuff on the leaves on the left side of the pic.

And yes...the egg-like stuff was there when I got them. Guess I should hunt them down and terminate them...they are on a few different stems.

So will these roots eventually go away as the substrate roots grow in?

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Oh, sorry, I misread and thought you meant the Eleocharis because I didn't notice the couple of leaves with that stuff at first. I blame the fact that it's 3:50 am here

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Ha! You should be asleep! You up checking out your tank with a red light in the dark or something?
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Almost. I couldn't sleep because I was pondering about the ferts I am using in my tank

But now to bed. Good luck with your tank and plants

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So will these roots eventually go away as the substrate roots grow in?
No. Some stem plants develop more than others but all have them. If they bother you that much you can trim them when you do your water changes.

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Those are what botanists call aerial roots. Their purpose is not to bring nutrients to the plant, but instead to help anchor it. A lot of people don't like them because they are unsightly, but they are perfectly normal.
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