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the first plant I ever got was a cute little cryptocoryne sprig from petco. Now though, a few years and many re-scapings later, it is a massive plant with a root system that sprals across the entire floor of my 10g aquarium. I have been tryingto improve the aquascape in here but it is super difficult with this dense, spongy mat underneath my sand. Would it be ok to trim the roots? It's a supercomplex root network, so no, I cant just pull it out and cut away the smaller roots. they're all woven together. I was thinking more like just taking a knife and cuting a circle around the plant and pulling out all the severed roots...that probably wouldnt work though, haha;)
anyway, does anybody have an idea of how I can deal with this problem? I really can't plant anything without running into or uncovering a big mat of crypt roots. any ideas or tips are greatly appreciated!
thanks a bunch!
 

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My substrate is a natural brown sand, and the plant has three main bunches and some speouts
 

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It is 4 inches tall and about 8 long measured from leaf to leaf:) crypts don't get tall, they just spread out everywhere haha;)
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Is that ok to do? It turns the sand all black and yucky looking underneath...
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Well you can't see the color on top so is not an aesthetic issue really, but I was just wondering if it was bad when it turns the sand black like that.
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oh yeah, thats the other thing- I have three kuhlis tat never burrow in te sand. my theory is that the mat of roots prevents them from doing so. prehhaps when i trim my rots both problems will be solved- they will burrow and oxygenate te sand, the the blackening wont be as bad and all the plants will be healthier with the added mixing of the substrate :D
 

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they don't???? all the ones at the lfs were burried in the gravel...doesnt mean its natural, but they were!
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