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Are these roots or algae?

Six weeks ago I added some additional plants to my 29 gallon tank, and with them came some staghorn algae which I've never had in the past ....so it raises the possibility of other algae coming in as well. I also added CO2 on a regulator and have been giving more fert than in the past - so the potential for increased growth of plants/algae.

So here is the question ...I've had a "crypt forest" on the right side of my tank for years. Over the past few weeks I have noticed this growth at the base of the crypts. They look like roots ...but I am worried it may be some kind of algae I've never seen before. I have noticed these "roots" before.

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roots! A few of my crypts do that every once in a while


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roots for sure, check your substrate if you want the roots to stay under it. instead of heading to the surface
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fyi by checking your substrate I think he means to add root tabs to it as from what I can see you are basically using sand/peebles which dont have much nutrients


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Great, thanks! The tank was set up over ten years ago and surely the nutrient part of the substrate is exhausted. I'll order some root tabs.
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My crypts are doing this too.

If i put in some root tabs, should i try and tuck these roots under? or trim them off? or just leave them to do their thing?

Active-flora and flourish tabs under some crypt wendtii
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honestly imo, i'd probably add a small layer of ecocomplete or flourite. but root tabs will work. they just wont last as long as new substrate. you can trim the roots back, but they may come back stronger aimed towards the light.
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Eco complete or flourite dont really have nutrients in then lol


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Mine do this when they need new root tabs, they eventually go away when new tabs are placed.


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yep, a lot of plants will do this actually, another one that does this off the top of my head is alt. reineckii


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