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Not much to suggest other than to wiggle the roots out very slowly. Do this prior to a water change, this way you remove elements that have come out of the substrate and into the water, the cloud will settle overnight. Pulling roots is nearly an artform :)

The more you trim the plants back and let the base regrow, the more roots you will need to deal with eventually. With some plants, topping is best because of the root structures they grow if left rooted for too long.

When pruning, prune a third or half the plant ahead of time, this way when it's time to prune the tallest stems, the ones you cut earlier are already growing back, this way you never cut it all away.

Hope that helps
Giancarlo Podio
 
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