Okay I'd try to leave it 4in of roots. Feel free to snip around the plant, but in my experience it's a painnnnn getting the roots out. you might have better luck with your sand though. Typically i leave the pruned roots in the substrate to breakdown and become fertilizer for my other plants
It depends on how heavily planted your tank is, But it seems like it wont be aesthetically okay for you XD
it's definitely an option if extracting the roots from the substrate turns out to be too much of a hassle I've only done this a few times, it's a frustrating process as the roots always expands far beyond what I can imagine, and I always end up turning the substrate inside out
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