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post #121 of 145 (permalink) Old 08-07-2013, 01:30 PM
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How? Not sure. I am no fish disease expert. It was not a quarantine issue; it was an established tank with long term residents that grew and grew.

Let's start with what we know: stocking levels for a given tank can be higher if you make DAILY 80% water changes versus, say, MONTHLY. So water quality must cumulatively degrade if your water change regime is not up to the stocking levels. Mine obviously wasn't. Once whatever pathogen or disease vector got started in my tank it infected each and every angel despite increased water changes etc.

If you and your advisors believe your water change regime is up to your stocking and feeding levels, go on and ignore me. I am no expert in what you are doing. I only know that I take overcrowding seriously and am not interested in pushing the boundaries of that issue.

Visually and aesthetically I think that a dozen discus of the size and beauty you have would give my eyes all they need.

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post #122 of 145 (permalink) Old 08-07-2013, 02:59 PM
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i have nothing to add to the number of discus that should be kept in the tank.

but i remember seeing tom's angel tank and thinking, from an aesthetic point, i appreciated the 'fewer' number of angels he could have housed. the fewer number had a calming affect, at least to me. just my .02

certainly op's tank is gorgeous!

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post #123 of 145 (permalink) Old 08-18-2013, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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plants are overgrown and need trimming. tomorrow is scape meeting so i may get some more plants to add. also plan to get some amano shrimps.
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Amanos will be fine at 83 degrees.
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post #125 of 145 (permalink) Old 08-23-2013, 04:03 PM
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I compliment you on your plant growth. Not all plants thrive in discus temps and you have found a bunch that are doing well indeed. The finer grain of the smaller leaves compliment the big fish nicely, but I wonder if you have thought about maybe one larger leaf plant for more contrast in the scape? Just a thought...

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I compliment you on your plant growth. Not all plants thrive in discus temps and you have found a bunch that are doing well indeed. The finer grain of the smaller leaves compliment the big fish nicely, but I wonder if you have thought about maybe one larger leaf plant for more contrast in the scape? Just a thought...
i was just thinking about this.
im getting tired of stems plants in the background. most of them grow tall but their bottom half leafs have fallen off and only top 1/2 leaves stay on healthy(more towards top). i guess my light is low par for the back.

i have bacopa, wisteria, ludiwiga repens in the back.
i wanna try some larger leafed plants in the background.

any suggestions as far as which are hardy and require low light to stay healthy and grow?

also wouldnt mind some red/brown leaved plants.
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Isn't there a list of higher temp tolerant plants on the Simply site? Discuspaul probably has mentioned some before also.

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Any of the Hygrophila species will do well for a broad leaved green background plant. Crypt balansae, spiralis, and retrospiralis all performed well for me too. Other "strappy" type plants would be Vallisneria and some of the Aponogeton. A. crispus and longiplumulous (?) do well at higher temps too.

Ammania gracilis and A. senegalensis both do well and will add some red/pink/brown. You could try Pogostemon stellatus or Ludwigia inclinata as well.

If you want to get fancy get some egg crate light panels, zip tie some plastic mesh used for textile hobbies, and super glue your favorite epiphytes to it then stick it against the back glass. Bingo, insta plant-wall (once it grows in). I've had good results with Anubias, Java Fern, and Bolbitis using this method. Sandwiching moss between two sheets then zipping it to the egg crate also works. Just make sure to spray paint the egg crate with Krylon Fusion or Rust O Leum paint first. Krylon's supposed to make a better bond, but Rust O Leum's always worked well for me. Both are discus safe.

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Woah, awesome tank man, would love to have a setup like this one day.
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New pics after adding 7 new fish from qt tank.
Now have 22 total fish in main tank. Still have 4 more in qt.













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One of new fish added. Piwowski cobalt blue. My new fav one.
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Those are some beautiful fish and the tank is looking nice. Do they show any aggression with that many full grown discus in a tank together?

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Those are some beautiful fish and the tank is looking nice. Do they show any aggression with that many full grown discus in a tank together?
With cichlids, the more crowded it is, the less aggression they show.
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Awesome looking planted tank! It looks like it would be so peaceful to sit and watch. I may try to plant my 55g after seeing this
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All fish are in. 26 total. And i got no more room for anymore.
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