Alright, once again I'm flip-flopping on my fish choice, lol. I can't find ANYTHING as nice as discus fish, and other cichlids, as I have been told, will just tear up my tank and eat any small schooling fish I want. So now I'm back on the discus train! lol
That, however, means that I have to re-think my plant selection b/c none of the plants I wanted would survive at 80+ degrees. Accordingly, I've come up w/ a list of other plants that I think might work.
What are your thoughts on these plants?
Java moss (carpet)
Java Ferns (med)
Jungle Vals (thick/tall grass)
Ruffle Swords (tall)
Rangeri Swords (tall, thin stock, broad leaf)
Red Melon Swords (same as above, red/green color)
Rotala Indica (tall, scraggly bushes)
Anubias (short, broad deaves)
African Bolbitus (tall, fern-like)
I'm definitely going to use the java moss carpet (although I wish I could do the Christmas moss b/c it's a lot nicer looking), probably the java fern as a medium-height plant, and then 3 or 4 of the taller plants.
I believe you may have had a look at my low-tech planted discus tank on another thread which you started recently regarding your 110 gal tank (re: 'large center-piece fish'.) On that thread I also listed a number of plants which would do well at the higher temps needed to keep discus.
Your list above is fine, except possibly for the Java Moss. In my experience with planted discus tanks, many plants do very well @ 83-84 F, except for carpet plants of any kind, which are not only 'iffy' at the temps, but tend to create conditions which are not conducive to keeping the relatively pristine water quality conditions needed for discus to thrive. (very difficult to keep the substrate clean & free of detritus.)
A couple of other suggestions for you to consider:
- Using any type of soft, 'dirt-type' substrates capped by sand or gravel' while good for the plants, can create undesirable conditions for discus in terms of difficulty in maintaining high water quality. A good substrate to use for a planted discus tank is a good grade of pool filter sand, with plant ferts supplied by root tabs & other liquid or dry ferts in the water column.
- Tankmates: Clown Loaches are not generally regarded as compatible discus tank-mates. They are very active, grow quite large, and may tend to startle and stress discus. As well, Neon Tetras do not handle the higher discus temps well, and may become snacks for larger discus. Good tankmates are Cardinals, Rummy-Noses, Lemon Tetras, GB Rams, Cories, and there are others as well.
Hope this helps you with your decisions.
Please don't hesitate to PM me if you have any further questions.
All the best to you with your discus tank project.