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    I have many plants which develop many roots along the stem of these long and tall plants which i dun know the name. Is this normal? It really looks like beard....
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    Long Unsightly Roots on Tall Creeping Plants

    I have many plants which develop many roots along the stem of these long and tall plants which i dun know the name. Is this normal? It really looks like beard....
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    Long Unsightly Roots on Tall Creeping Plants

    I have many plants which develop many roots along the stem of these long and tall plants which i dun know the name. Is this normal? It really looks like beard....
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    Long Unsightly Roots on Tall Creeping Plants

    I have many plants which develop many roots along the stem of these long and tall plants which i dun know the name. Is this normal? It really looks like beard....
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    Quite a number of stem plants do this... its quite normal, but I've yet to find out the cause. I usually just trim off the more obvious and ugly ones. They are great to have when you cut the tops to replant cos the plants can start feeding of the substrate sooner.
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    it's pretty normal
    so far most stem plants i see have this
    from e. stellata to r. indica to h. polysperma
    i kinda like it growing cos it means that my tank will have that much more water column feeders

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    Some Taiwanese aquarist surmise that it might due to high temparature.
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    Erm.. high temperature???

    My tank temp. is abt 25 degrees.. still high? []
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    tank temp at 25 degrees is pretty good i would say.......chiller or fan?

    stemmed plants like what yimin has mentioned are water column feeders and generally develop roots from their nodes.....
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    Just read in a post at rec.aquaria.freshwater.plants that implies stemmed plants grow roots like this when the substrate isn't rich enough.
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    My view is that the roots are just a natural expression of the plant's habit (Habit being the botanical term for a plant's growth pattern). For water plants, apart from absorbing nutrients, the roots serve as essential anchors to keep the plant from being washed away by strong currents. Also, you will notice that when stem plants reach the top and start growing horizontally across the water surface, roots will develop from the portion of the stem facing below, and shoots from the upper part. In the wild, these simply serve to expand the plant's range, helping it colonise the surrounding area, especially when the water level or tide drops and the upright stem comes into contact with the substrate.

    I think it's best to leave the roots as they are and see them as part of normal healthy growth. Don't be like to those gundoos who try to grow orchids and yet snip away the aerial roots cos they "look ugly", and then wonder why the orchid kong ka kiau.

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    LOL [] Nice one dude~!
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    On 9/20/2002 4:45:46 PM

    Just read in a post at rec.aquaria.freshwater.plants that implies stemmed plants grow roots like this when the substrate isn't rich enough.
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    i seriously doubt that, considering the sheer overkill of base fert in my 2ft tank []

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