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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-21-2002, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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Hi All, My planted tank is now about 1.5 weeks old and I have noticed that just about all the plants have gone crazy trying to root themselves. there are white roots shooting out from all up and down the plants body (sorry for the lack of the correct term .. stem?) Anyway, is this normal or am i doning something wrong? It can get quite unsightly. its a 10 gallon tank (8.5 gallons water volume) and i do have diy co2 at about 15ppm. Any suggestions?
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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.

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Great! Thanks for the info.
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