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I have been trimming the water column roots off my stem plants, only where the roots are visible (plants include Rotala Vietnam, Ludwigia Repens 'Super Red', couple others...). Interestingly, I notice there may be two kinds of water column roots on a plant, a smooth root with no offshoots and a "raggy" root with lots of branching.

I'm curious if others do this and if there are any benefits or problems that can result.
 

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I believe trimming these would be aesthetics only. Benefits would be if you trimmed the plant, there are those roots to start off right away, otherwise it should not be a problem trimming these.
 

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I believe trimming these would be aesthetics only. Benefits would be if you trimmed the plant, there are those roots to start off right away, otherwise it should not be a problem trimming these.
It's like trimming hedges... doesn't do much for the plant, it's for us humans. :)
 
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