Pulling up rooted plants?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by DanB80TTS, Jul 21, 2015.

  1. DanB80TTSWell Known MemberMember

    I am going to rescape my tank as some of my plants are not getting the light they need as other plants have grown over them.
    My main concern is with my dwarf hairgrass, what is the best way to tear that out? My DHG has not carpeted since I don't have super high light or injected CO2, but much of it has sent out runners.
    It may seem like a noob question but when I bought the stuff it was in a pot and I seperated it and planted it. I want to replant it so need it in good condition.

    The other plants are Swords and I think a crypt, pulling them out I'm sure is easy but should I trim their roots back at all as I'm sure they have spread under the sand and become pretty long.
  2. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    When I moved my swords and crypts they had really long roots everywhere. My tank is dirted so I cut some of the roots so I wouldn't make a really big mess. When I moved my DHG, I slowly pulled the hairgrass until it came out. Some runners will come out too.

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  3. BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    Just kind of wiggle them up. Pull them up gently, going back and forth if needed, and they should pop out.
  4. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    That's exactly how I did it and it worked :).

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  5. DanB80TTSWell Known MemberMember

    just pulled up the first DHG, it has about a 4 inch runner, do I just cut each strand off and replant it when I get to that point?
  6. BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    I try to replant them without cutting them. But it's a pain. You can cut and replant. It won't hurt them and is easier.
  7. DanB80TTSWell Known MemberMember

    Ok thanks, going to be a late night tonight!
    Hopefully this will look as nice as it does in my head.
  8. DanB80TTSWell Known MemberMember

    Finally over and done with, I think I threw away a ton of DHG because of how tedious it was and how impatient and in pain I was. Much bigger task than I thought and my back is killing me now!
    not sure if I like what I did, tank needs to clear up some too.

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  9. AltairaNew MemberMember

    Looks very nice...more balanced. Any critters in your tank?
  10. sophiWell Known MemberMember

    Just wanted to wish you good luck with your DHG. I recently had to rip out mine as well when redoing my 20 gallon, and I only had a small little clump survive. In the old set up, I had an entire beautiful carpet, but it just didn't do well when I tried moving it. The roots turning to mush and about 90% of it died. :/ I don't know if this plant does well when being ripped up and replanted but we'll find out. Please post updates as your plants grow!! :)
  11. DanB80TTSWell Known MemberMember

    Altaira All the tanks residents are listed in my profile. Been thinking about getting some cherry shrimp too since the ghost shrimp have almost died off. Need to wait for some growth first before I add in small shrimp like that though.

    I don't think I have completely finished planting, that was just using what was in the tank already, I have some other plants that need to grow in in other tanks, once they do I shall be stealing their babies.