Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: British Columbia, Canada
The above-mentioned substrates are all very good for growing plants, but they are not ideal for keeping discus in a planted environment. I believe that anybody keeping discus should focus on, and place the emphasis, on the discus, with the plants being secondary.
If you use conventional soil-type substrates with discus, it will be more difficult to maintain ideal tank cleanliness and quality water conditions for the discus, and therefore require more work and attention to accomplish that. That's been my experience over the years.
Why risk experiencing health problems with your discus due to less than ideal water quality and conditions brought about by the features of certain substrates, when the chances of being successful with discus in a planted tank are far greater with a substrate that's much easier to keep waste-free and squeaky clean.
Last edited by discuspaul; 03-15-2013 at 10:32 PM.
Reason: Adding a sentence