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Re: [APD] trimming crypt roots

At 01:41 PM 5/19/07 EDT, you wrote:
>Richard  Sexton writes
>"Cause they won't stay healthy when they're transplanted. Cutting  big
>roots forces the growth of lots of new roots."
>Is it possible that this occurs mainly when dealing with crypts shipped  in 
>and grown emerged?
>I had a 135 gallon that i broke down before moving from Houston to  Boston. I 
>was going to try to save the substrate and after removing the plants  and 
>really sturing up over and over and draining and draining, i finally  refilled 
>the tank and let it set with just the filter running before emptying.  It sat, 
>no lights but what filtered in from a window and no fert co2 fish etc.  from 
>Oct until February. In January i had crypt. green wendetii popping up in a
>dozen places.  
>They came up, i suppose,  from the bits of broken roots from the  removed 
>plants  Now that's a lot more damage than pulling up a plant and
replanting it 
>in another area or tank. 
>Could it be that the root rot is caused more when going from emerged to  
>submerged growth as i have been told most plants shipped from Asia are  grown? 
>rich green 
>milton ma

There's a difference here. Roots are the long white things that grow down. The
rhizome is a more starchy solid part of the plant - pieces of the rootstock,
runners what have you. A new plants can grow from one of these, even a tiny
but a new plant cannot grow from a piece of a true root.

I've never seen a long root survive a transplant. But I think this is just
the way
crypts work - any drastic environmental chnage and they seem to go "oh, that
didn't work, time to cast off the old and make new ones".


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