Do i cut or not?

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  1. wade

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    Hi guys. I am new to planted tanks, used to keep malawi cichlids for many years - i gave the fish away when i moved as I would not be able to setup their tank immediately. My daughter and I are now trying the planted route.

    Can someone tell me if I should be trimming the root like appendages on this plant or should i leave it as is?

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    Looks like roots growing off the stem.
    I like the look of it, so would leave it.

    Others may have a different opinion
     
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    I leave mine. I think that plant is ludwigia - looks the same as mine.
    I think @A new day called them "air roots" when I asked about them once. I'm sure she will have a more definitive answer about how important they are/aren't to the plant.

    I suspect it's maybe when the plant tries to pull more nutrients out the water column because they're not getting enough from the substrate? No idea. I just know mine also have them and I just leave them. But I also don't think it's a major issue if you pinch them off. I wouldn't cut them though, just pinch with your nails.
     
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    Cut the plant up in equal lengths, replant each one in very close proximity to each other.

    What light and ferts are you using? And substrate?
     
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    So i cut the plant up as advised. So far looking good. I have a low tech setup, palm peat capped. Dosing water column ferts. Got all the plants from a friend as well as the LED lights - one is 4ft long with remote(different day/night modes and colours can be set individualy (RGB). I cannot see a brand name though. Other is a 3ft long Beamswork. I then also have a normal 10w LED spot light that i used before i got the LEDs.
     

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