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post #1 of 4 Old 05-05-2014, 09:06 AM Thread Starter
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Are these runners, and can I clip and move them?

I have many stupid questions, but I wanted to ask real people instead of just going by what I've seen online.

(sorry for all the algae, clean day is tomorrow)

I've had this (what I think?) Amazon Sword like plant for almost 4 months and when I first got it, it just had a little stem running off of it. I asked the pet store employee what it was exactly and she said she had no clue about any plants. Now 4 months later it's quite massive. I did a search and learned it's probably runners, but what makes me question it, is normally the runners I see in videos or pictures, they look exactly like the plant it's coming off of. My 'runner' has much skinnier leaves, so it's making me question it a bit.

Is it safe to cut and replant these guys elsewhere? I've been thinking about putting two sets of plants similar to my Amazon Sword in another place, so these guys would save me a trip to the pet store and some cash. ^-^

Thanks for any help/advice.
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-05-2014, 10:04 AM
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Rather than cut the stem, pluck the babies off of it, cutting the stem will kill the stem basically or just scar it over and it won't reproduce any more that I found! It is a baby so it's going to be smaller until it matures, leaves included :)

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post #3 of 4 Old 05-05-2014, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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I didn't realize how easy they were to pull off.

Thank you for the help. :) They filled up my empty spots nicely.
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post #4 of 4 Old 05-05-2014, 07:41 PM
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Chances are, the plant you purchased was grown emersed for faster, algae and snail free growth.
It is not unusual for plants to grow different leaf shape when conditions change.
I would detach the plantlet from the stem, remove all the bad leaves, shorten the roots and plant them next to some "root tabs"
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