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So earlier I got the "itch" and decided to rescape some of my tank. What a nightmare it turned in to!! I couldn't believe some of the root structures I pulled up. One of the Argentine swords had 6" of roots and uprooted several nearby plants...

How do you guys manage your roots/plants when you move things around?
 

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are you all saying that you trim the roots before/as you are uprooting the plant?
and then leave the old roots underneath the substrate?
Yes. You can either cut them while they're in the substrate with a sharp knife or scalpel or use a pair of scissors and cut the exposed roots as you slowly pull up the plant from the substrate.
 

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are you all saying that you trim the roots before/as you are uprooting the plant?
and then leave the old roots underneath the substrate?
Yes, if they're really long. I always wonder if a new plant will grow from some of those cut roots left under there, but it hasn't happened yet. Probably they rot and the snails eat them.
 
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