Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Central Florida
55 Gallon Discus Bliss
Alright everyone, it's just after Christmas and I figured I'd post a thread of my 55 gallon planted discus tank.
For starters, the equipment:
- 55 gallon used tank and stand ($65 dollar craigslist special!)
- 48" 2x54w t-5HO Current USA fixture
- Eheim 2213 Canister Filter
- TopFin 55 HOB Filter
- 5lb Aluminum CO2 bottle
- Aquariumplants.com electronic regulator
- Play Sand
- Worm castings
- Blyxa japonica
- Eleocharis Parvulus
- Hans Discus, Blue Diamond (2)
- Red Rainbow, (Glossolepis incisus) (1)
- Boesemani Rainbow (1)
- True Siamese Algae Eater (1)
- Harlequin Rasbora (10ish)
- Rummynose Tetra (4)
This tank has only been set up for just about 3 months. Everything has really filled in since I started the tank.
What I would like to draw your attention to in particular is the substrate. I purchased organic worm castings from a local hydroponic shop and then baked them (to oxidize the organic matter). From there, I mixed it into a 50/50 play sand/worm castings ratio. I put down the mixed substrate and then capped it off with eco-complete for aesthetics.
If you haven't considered a mineralized topsoil or worm-castings based substrate, please do. This is the easiest tank to maintain in the world. I don't dose a thing!!! Nata, zip, nothing!!! It does help having a pressurized CO2 system, though. I do water changes about once every two-three weeks and that's it. Plus, I feed 3-5 times a day of frozen food for the discus and consistently have 0 nitrates.
Hope you enjoy. If you have questions, feel free to ask! I've had so many help me on this forum, I'd love to give some of my experience back to the community!