Originally Posted by sam9953
sir right now i am not planning on using any fertilizers. thanks a lot for the detailed reply but as i am a novice in using live plants so sir i would like to put up a question. Some points which you have stated could not be understood by me so i would like to ask you in short that looking at the present condition of my plants what all do you suggest me to do with the plants so that i can make them grow and which all portions and where all do i need to cut the plant?
Nothing needs cutting yet. The largest leaves do have some yellowing on them, and these leaves will die; this is perfectly natural. The new leaves come from the centre of the crown, the crown is the base of the plant where all the leaves come up from next to the gravel. You have some new leaves on these plants, and more will appear. As the older outside leaves yellow, they can be cut off at the base; they will usually break off easily, or use a sharp knife.
You will probably have to get some fertilizer or these plants will not do well. Sword plants are heavy feeders, they need a lot of nutrients to grow. Your tap water may have some minerals in it, and minerals come from the fish foods and fish waste. But these will probably not be enough for the plants. If you let me know what aquarium plant fertilizers are available to you in India, I will do my best to offer suggestions.