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Thread: Root Bound?

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    Anyone ever dealt with a root-bound tank? I'm thinking I'll be heading that way soon. I have vallisneria growing (bizarrely) as a thick carpet in my large tank and I can see at the front that the roots and runners are getting very densely packed. I'm anticipating it all getting a bit strangled at some point and need to thin it out.

    Anyone ever dealt with this?

    I'm loathe to attempt to thin it out...the entire carpet bed originally grew from one parent plant so I imagine they are all connected in a crazy lattice. Hmmm...
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    This may sound stupid but could you use a knife to cut around the plants and remove most of the roots from the tank? Kind of what you do when you plant them?

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    Interesting. I've not gotten to this point but I guess when you have a heavily planted tank with root loving plants that it is bound to happen. I'd do what plecos suggests. Take a knife and just go at it like a pan of brownies!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Compass View Post
    Interesting. I've not gotten to this point but I guess when you have a heavily planted tank with root loving plants that it is bound to happen. I'd do what plecos suggests. Take a knife and just go at it like a pan of brownies!
    What an interesting picture that makes, it would be more like blondies-

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    I don't think a knife would work as it will pull them up (or drag them all across) before it cuts through the runners.

    I might try this with scissors instead - although I reckon it might just end up removing everything, substrate and all. I guess if that happens I can wash the substrate out in a bucket and dump it back in the tank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knightia View Post
    I don't think a knife would work as it will pull them up (or drag them all across) before it cuts through the runners.

    I might try this with scissors instead - although I reckon it might just end up removing everything, substrate and all. I guess if that happens I can wash the substrate out in a bucket and dump it back in the tank.
    You'll dull your scissors in a heart beat. You could get a spatula and just push straight down, cutting the roots that way.
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    How deep is the substrate?
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    You'll dull your scissors in a heart beat. You could get a spatula and just push straight down, cutting the roots that way.
    That sounds like a good idea, but I am not sure how it would work with the substrate, I am assuming a sand like material? You may scratch your tank.

    Maybe if you pull the plant up and cut a few inches away from the base of the plant you will solve one problem. However your cut roots will still be in the substrate and will begin to decompose.

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    How deep is the substrate?
    Around an inch at the front where the issue is (well...not an issue yet, but I'm anticipating it might be in the future). These pics were from about six weeks ago I think...you get the idea.



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    Finally got a photo of the root-bound bit.

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