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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-27-2014, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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How much can you trim rhizome plants' holdfasts?

I've got a few anubias that have their root/holdfasts hanging out into space. I'd like to trim them to accentuate the shape of the driftwood rather than obscure it, but I don't want to hurt the plants. I have read that holdfasts don't absorb nutrients, but these ones on anubias sure look like roots. So, how much can you cut?
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Anyone have any experience trimming anubias roots?


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I cut the roots off to fit where I need them and the plants do fine. I have cut off sickly leaves and all the roots and then cut those rhizomes into 2" bits and all but 1 or 2 sprouted and grew.

Anubias attach firmly to wood and rock and if the roots do get into substrate the plants do grow much larger. I just evicted one from the front of the tank with leaves bigger than my big toenail that got roots to the substrate where other Anubias that are just on wood/rock have leaves the size of my thumbnails.

I wouldn't be cutting them off as part of general pruning though. Maybe if you cut them off the new roots would attach strongly to the wood rather than float off into the water though. It would be worth the try.


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I always cut all the roots what I attach an anubia to something. After that I never cut the roots, but I don't think it would cause problems to the plant.
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