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Plants exploding with roots

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Is there any science behind plants suddently bursting with roots. I cave cabomba and Ludwiga repens that seem to grow more roots than leaves.

Does this signify anything? Parameters off? Not enough light?

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nope...the nature of stems. Prune and replant the tops where the roots come out of the nodes. You will build up a cluster this way. Cabomba especially does this root shooting. Pruning is the key to keeping them looking good.
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my wisteria does this too... annoying if you ask me


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I just looked it up in a plant biology book that I had laying around, just to confirm what I thought. It seems that some plants will in fact grow more roots when grown in a nutrient poor environment. It is just a way to enable the plant to have a better chance at utilizing the nutrients available.

I'm not saying that this is the case in your situation. Just something to think about.


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If there is enough light getting to the stems ,you will see a lot less roots growing.
Also what Lycosa says may very well be the cause.
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The light thing does kind of make sense...the explosion really happened when I moved the Cabomba way back to the back of the tank (against the back glass). this is a darker area than the mid-ground spot it had.

Not sure about the nutrient cause....I do EI and I am usually way over in my nutrients and do religous water changes to keep them in check.

Hmmm.....
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The light thing does kind of make sense...the explosion really happened when I moved the Cabomba way back to the back of the tank (against the back glass). this is a darker area than the mid-ground spot it had.

Not sure about the nutrient cause....I do EI and I am usually way over in my nutrients and do religous water changes to keep them in check.

Hmmm.....
thats what it sounds like for me too, the lower light causes more roots to grow... i dont know how to make it stop because as they grow taller the stem will get less and less light


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I don't know about low light causing more roots to grow. I think some plants are just more prone to it than others. After all, its the plant's way of sustaining itself! Stem plants are generally water column-feeders anyway. My bacopa monnieri, wisteria and hydrocotyle grow LOTS of roots and light levels are high, Co2 is high and nutrients are more than enough for the size tank I have, since I'm doing EI. I used to trim off the roots, but recently decided not too. It looks more natural and the plants seem to grow better with them.

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agreed with ringram. I have 300w metal halides....and some species do that <macrandra, Hygos, etc> I would not call that low light
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