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Hi all,

My little 1.5 gallon snail and shrimp tank has flourished since taking the helpful advice so many offered, I just bought a 20L (Petco is having a sale fyi) and am in the planning stage.

The one thing I'm not happy with in my current setup is the rapid spread of dwarf sag to literally everywhere, especially up against the acrylic (which makes cleaning the acrylic next-to impossible).

I have an idea, hoping it's not too harebrained:
Use aquarium sealant to adhere 2"ish tall strips of thin plastic to the bottom glass to separate sections of substrate for things like dwarf sag, vallisneria, DHG, and other rooted plants that propagate through runners.
(this is what I'm looking at right now as the material for this project Amazon.com: 5 Pieces 8x10" PET Plastic Sheet Plexiglass Panels 0.040"Thick, Acrylic Sheet Great for Arts Crafts, Picture Frame Glass Replacement, Cricut, Signs & Display: Industrial & Scientific )

I thought I could create sectioned off zones at the front and sides that would keep runners from getting too close to the glass and a section at the back to keep the val from growing past the background.

What can I say? I'm lazy and don't want to be rerouting runners once a week when I could be staring at aquarium inhabitants with a beer in hand.

Potential problems? Will the runners just climb over the top of these sections and it's a waste of time?

I would very much appreciate some input from people with more experience, thanks!
 

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Some runners will grow over the tops of the barriers, but they will be easier to see and cut or redirect.
 

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You can plant them in pots if you don't mind pots.
Absolutely! I have plans for potting some of the larger plants, but for things like dwarf sag I do want them to spread, just not wherever they please.

Some runners will grow over the tops of the barriers, but they will be easier to see and cut or redirect.
Some google-fu led me to this post: background easy maintenance plants recommandation

So even though it won't be a complete barrier, at least I won't be disrupting soil substrate into the water column because the runners won't be under the surface of the substrate.

I think I'll give it a go, it'll be an interesting experiment, for sure!

Thanks!
 
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