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sinadyan 06-16-2008 09:29 PM

Roots
 
Just curious, How expansive is the root system on most aquatic plants. Do they grow long and intertwine in a heavly planted tank, Does it make it difficult to relocate plants ?

Purple7 06-16-2008 11:11 PM

for most freshwater aquatic plants, each need at least 6 square in. of space and they usually hook on to the floor by grabbing the gravel.
It's not hard to move them. Just scoot your hand around the plant until you hit it's base, scoot your whole palm under and pull up.

Some plants you can just pull up with no problem at all but what i said previously is just in case.

fish_4_all 06-17-2008 11:38 AM

Well some of the basics:
Stem plants like Anacharis, worts, bacopa and similar have a small root base, mine normally get a root wad about the size of a silver dollar if not smaller.
Crypt have a more extensive root system and need room because they do not like competition. Keep other root type plants away from them the best you can so they compete with the crypts for nutrients. The 3 species I have kept got a root mass about 4 inches wide when growing well.
Swords need a lot of room. The root system will grow as wide as the plant will so they can easily grow to the point where they have roots across a huge area of the tank. They will make a huge mess when pulled up.

Do you need to give them their own space, yes and no. If the substrate is a rich one like Eco Complete then you can get away with crowding mopre than if you have gravel.

sinadyan 06-17-2008 08:50 PM

thank you for the reply. I have seen pics of some heavily planted tanks and was just curious how if at all possible they moved plants around

fish_4_all 06-17-2008 09:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sinadyan
thank you for the reply. I have seen pics of some heavily planted tanks and was just curious how if at all possible they moved plants around

Basically you just deal with the mess it makes. Trim the roots if needed and replant.


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