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post #1 of 3 Old 12-10-2009, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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So my runner has a whole bunch of daughter plants...in fact the main runner just branched into another unner, so now I got 6 daughter plants...Roots are starting to develop and, well, should I just leave the daughter plants there...and if not, how do I safely remove them?

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post #2 of 3 Old 12-10-2009, 03:46 PM
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They can be left, if you want that effect which is rather nice in a natural setting. I find that before long they tend to get rather scraggly looking, and being closer to the light algae almost invariably settles on them big-time. If you check some of the photos of my 90g flooded Amazon forest tank or the former 70g setup, you will see a couple of swords with stalks and daughter plants; the ones in the photos were about 4-5 months, and brush algae was getting prevalent. I have since removed the daughter plants, removed some of the leaves, and they are doing fine in a spare tank as new plants.

To start new plants, wait until the daughter plant has several leaves about 2+ inches, and a nice root system. When ready, carefully remove the plant by grasping it right at the crown/base and gently pulling downward along the stalk. They come off very easily. Some prefer to cut the stalk just below the daughter plant, which is fine unless you are removing a lower plant and there are others not ready above it. If the stalk is removed from the parent plant before the daughter plant(s) is/are developed sufficiently, they will not survive. Once you separate them, they are on their own and need leaves to photosynthesize (grow) and roots to absorb nutrients to enable them to photosynthesize.

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post #3 of 3 Old 12-10-2009, 07:06 PM
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I always lifted mine, cut them& replanted either in a different spot or another tank,

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