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preventing plants from growing roots in water column

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by siavash, Feb 25, 2017.

  1. siavash

    siavash Junior Poster

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    Hi,


    I am new here so I wanted to say hello to everyone first


    I also have a question I hope I can find the answer here. My problem is, plants (mainly bacopa monnieri) grow lots of roots in the water column!!! It is becoming annoying and I don't know how to fix this! And I couldn't find any info about this ! Why do you think it happens , how can I stop it?
     
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    It just trying to get nutrients so it throws out roots. Common with stem plants. Don't know of any way to prevent it.
     
  3. misha

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    You need to fertilize water column, right dose for nitrates, try to use EI fertilization method
     
  4. Tom Barr

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    Trim often and then this is less an issue
     
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    You can trim down those roots. No worries
     
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    Water column roots are common for some species. If it bothers you, trim them. It won't hurt the plant. Just takes a minute or two.
     
  7. siavash

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    Thank you all for your reply! But if I trim them to get rid of those roots my tank will never look good because I have to trim them as soon as they grow! I was woundering if I am dooing some thing wrong that encourages plants to grow aerial roots faster! By the way I am doesing PPS-PRO . The main question is , what happens if I increase fertilizing dosage? Will it help?
     
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    No. Rooty plants will remain rooty no matter what you dose.
     
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    Thank Tom! But did you mean trim whole the plant or just the roots? How other people do this?
     
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    Whole plant
     
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    Yank plant out. Trim plant to half its length and then trim water column roots. Replant.
     
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    Thanks Tom. but they seem to grow more roots when I do this.
     
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    Just a fact of life when dealing with most stem plants. I had a lot of problems with rotala rotundifolia doing the same. I tend to avoid lots of stem plants as the upkeep can get a bit overwhelming for me.
     
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