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New member here and I have a question for you guys.

I have some Swords(amazon and melon) and their roots are kinda getting long and out of control. I was wondering if it would be bad to cut the roots to make them more manageable?

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how are they getting "Out of control"? Are the sticking up out of the substrate or tangling with your other plants roots? In general you should not need to trim roots unless you are transplanting the plant, at which point its a good thing and can encourage new growth.

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k thanks... one I was transplanting and the other is established.

Some roots from the established plant have started sticking up through the sand and they seem to reach into the areas where other plants are located.

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I don't think so it will be harmful.When i switch my cabomba plant to the back of the tank i cut off the roots to help a better root growth in the subtrate instead of the device used to bunch plants together.Now it is still growing after the cuttings
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no it's not harmful..just don't cut off all of it...leave some

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k thanks guys.
I did spot a thread farther down about this, but there didn't seem to be a final answer.

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