Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Missouri united states
Well,many plant's must go through transition from partially submerged growth (most grow this way in the wild) to completely submerged growth and this can take a few week's.
The plant's like the amazon swords may shed many leaves and new leaves will form that are better adapted to submerged condition's assuming light and nutrient's are available.
The Excel is carbon supplement which is also good for the plant's but not as favorable as CO2 injection.
Still,the plant's can perform well with the carbon supplement assuming all nutrient's are provided.
Flourish comprehensive can be used twice or thrice weekly and sword plant's in my view need at least three inches of substrate for good root development.
The Sword plant's can benefit from the root tab's replaced monthly but most root tab's are comprised of mostly iron by % I believe.
I might look to purchase some macro nutrient mineral salt's Nitrogen,Phosphorus,Potassium, and try adding a pinch or two once a week after water change in addition to daily Excel, and add the flourish comprehensive once or twice a week a day after adding the macro nutrient's.
With all this said, many are those who are willing to try what is needed for plant's to perform but worry for the fishes is also a concern .
So it was with me in the beginning.
After much researching,reading,I became willing to try what I was told in non fish tank (just plant's) and was not long before I tried same with fishes present,and have never looked back.
If the Discus are young juveniles however, and considering the frequent feedings needed for good growth, and subsequent frequent water changes needed, I might grow out the discus in one tank, and train my effort's on growing the plant's in another.
Many thing's I was willing to try in plant only tank that I was not so keen to try with fishes present.
In the end,my worries were largely unfounded.
Last edited by roadmaster; 07-25-2017 at 02:01 PM.