Discus picking tips? Its best to go through a breeder...Im in contact with several right now trying to get myself some. Its the culmination of reading about discus for my whole fish keeping life. Now its looking like I might have some within the week.
nobody really addressed the dead tetra issue, but tannis leaching from wood wouldn't have killed them. Was your tank actually cycled before you added the fish? You mentioned adding the fish to get the cycle started, i would check your water parameters before adding anything else.
Tetras are a fish you don't cycle with.when ammonia spikes they are the first to respond to it and left undetected they will die. Cories are much hardier in the sense but will still be effected. I have used cories many times to cycle because they are always a fish I'm going to have long term.
I am not crazy about the left side yet...mainly cause the e. tenelus is in the emersed form and is really tall (I have read that it will loose these leaves are grow back smaller ones? i am hoping so....) The hard scape kind of fell a little bit and isn't quite the same, but it works, and once the plants grow good roots in i think i will be able to move things around a bit. Everything is kind of one height so i am anxious to get things growing in. Does look better though with some green in there and my apistos are loving all of the hiding places.
Those are E. tennellus "normal" and will remain tall. If you want something short, try E. tennellus "micro". They're a red plant but will stay 3" tall max and form a nice foreground. Both plants grow like your everyday weed, super fast (under high light).
I picked up a 6 ft. hampton bay rope light from home depot and installed it in the canopy for a moonlight of sorts. It looks great in person and we messed around with my wife's canon 5d till we got a shot that somewhat resembled what it looks like in person. I am assuming that it is ok to run this light 24/7? I dont want to have to put this on a timer...
i think the photo is even brighter than in real life...each bulb is .25 watts and the are every inch of the rope light (total of 18 watts)...unless it is completely dark you cannot tell they are even on...