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post #1 of 11 Old 12-29-2011, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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Can roots dig into silicone seals?

Has anyone ever had their plant roots dig deep enough into the silicone seals to cause a leak? I'm really happy with the way my aquarium has turned out and the plants are really flourishing. But I noticed that some of my corkscrew vals have planted in the corner and the roots appear to be really digging into the silicone.

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Any chance this could cause a leak over time? Or is this just a stupid question and I'm just being paranoid?

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post #2 of 11 Old 12-29-2011, 08:02 PM
ive never had it happen to me but i have heard of them actually causing leaks in tanks, so you might want to uproot that one

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post #3 of 11 Old 12-29-2011, 08:08 PM
no its not gonna cause a leak. Never even heard of that happening before and I doubt it is possible with the types of aquatic plants we keep.

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post #4 of 11 Old 12-29-2011, 08:29 PM
it happened to someone on another forum with an amazon sword

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post #5 of 11 Old 12-30-2011, 03:27 PM
kept tons of swords in pretty high light and they never bothered the seams. I would bet something was wrong with the seals first. Most of the silicon you see is just for filling the corners. Its the silicone between the panes that really holds the tank together. You can strip off all the other stuff and a tank will still be water tight =/
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post #6 of 11 Old 12-30-2011, 03:31 PM
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Only time I've heard of a plant hurting a seal, was someone trying to keep a mangrove tree in their aquarium.

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post #7 of 11 Old 12-30-2011, 05:03 PM
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post #8 of 11 Old 12-30-2011, 05:05 PM
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I guess they do sometimes lol...

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Only time I've heard of a plant hurting a seal, was someone trying to keep a mangrove tree in their aquarium.
Well that wasn't smart.

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post #10 of 11 Old 12-30-2011, 06:25 PM
yeah a hardwood like that can cause problems. Aquatic plants don't really have the roots able to dig in to a solid dense object. Their roots are soft were as non-aquatics have much tougher and stronger roots. They also rely on them a lot more for nutrient, water absorption and in the case of tree for stabilizing and supporting the plant upright. Aquatics need roots for some nutrient absorption, but the main function is just to hold the plant in place. The vals in the pic have pretty small root systems compared to most plants.

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