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Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
It is normal for "stem plants" to send out roots along their stem, trying to anchor down to anything they can get a hold of. True, it doesn't look as good as if the stem was just littered with leaves instead of roots, so I usually trim some of the taller roots (ones that don't stand a chance of ever actually reaching the gravel) with some scissors. Leave the roots towards the bottom half of the stem to help the plant anchor itself in the substrate.
Eventually, the plant will start expending more energy towards leaf growth instead of root production, but since the tank is new, the plants are just making themselves at home.
- Sam P -
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