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Something I've never noticed before, The Crypts in my Fish/Shrimp tank with a specific "shrimp" type substrate, (UpAqua shrimp substrate), my C. Undulata and Wendtii are all pushing up a small thicket of whitish roots surrounding their plant's crowns. I also have a larger C. Spiralis that is not exhibiting this growth. I suspect this is normal, but I'd like to think the buffering nature of the gravel has something to do with this type of root growth. ?
 

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happens to me in neutral gravel substrate too. I'm ripping out most of my crypts as they've got completely out of control. Just don't let them go a year+ with never trimming them. The "crown" area is bigger than a softball on mine. It's going to pull up a ton of mud when I do pull it. I'll probably let the sprouts that will inevitably come up stay, and just keep pulling them up once they get four or five leaves. But never let a monster grow again.
 
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