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post #16 of 54 (permalink) Old 09-12-2013, 11:17 PM
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Need at least 3 but better to have 5.Oh beautiful tank

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post #17 of 54 (permalink) Old 09-13-2013, 12:05 AM
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Yes, keeping 2, 3, or 4 discus is generally not a good idea, for compatibility/pecking order issue reasons. Keeping just one makes for a lonely camper, as they're social fish that thrive in large groups.
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Yeah, they just showed up on a LFS pre-order list. No pics, wasnt sure of quality so took a little risk. Im gonna grab 2 more on Monday! Thanks guys.
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Heres a video of the tank I did when I got bored. It looks MUCH better than in pictures!

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I saw some algae on some of the Rotala I got at a LFS a while back, I thought I got it all off but it seems to have spread a bit. Any advice on what to do? Im cutting back on lights a bit but I dont know what to do about EI Ferz. I have 4x39w T5HO on prob 10 hours a day about 6" off the top of the tank and co2 running at about 4bps - drop checker is lime green/yellow.

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40-60 Gallon Aquariums
+/- 1/2 tsp KN03 MWF
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+/- 1/8 tsp CSM+B MWF
50% weekly water change
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Tank is looking good, the growth is very noticeable.
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If it's still in small spots, then use a hydrogen peroxide nuke. google it and you'll see what to do, basically just inject it directly onto the algae, it'll turn red/pink and its dead. small amounts of hydrogen peroxide are not toxic overall, but don't let any fish or shrimp be nearby when you do the nuke.
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Update

New plants and couple other changes.
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New Discus, Plants and algae issue

Tank is doing good but I have some BBA. I just spot treated a bit with Excel yesterday and some is dieing but I want to get to the root. I was dosing the 40 60 but had switched to 60-80 since I was heavily planted and it was only 5 gallons off.

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+/- tsp KH2P04 3x a week
+/- tsp (20ml) Trace Elements 3x a week
50% weekly water change

I run 3 of my 4 39w bulbs now and raised the lights. Plants seem to be fine still, pearl every evening but no noticeable algae stop. I have been doing the 40-60 dosing again but should I stop dosing or dose more? I do my WCs on Sunday or Monday. Also, thinking about doing a h2o2 treatment. The algae isnt terrible but I want to get to the root of the problem.

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du3ce,

beautiful tank. I love the discus in a planted tank. do you only do one water change a week even with the discus?? I love the way you left a small white patch of substrate up front, helps to break up the scape. stunning l. aromatica on the left side, a personal favorite plant of mine.

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du3ce,

beautiful tank. I love the discus in a planted tank. do you only do one water change a week even with the discus?? I love the way you left a small white patch of substrate up front, helps to break up the scape. stunning l. aromatica on the left side, a personal favorite plant of mine.
You can get away with 1 wc a week in a planted discus tank, IF the discus are adults, i.e. well over 5" in size. If they're 4" or less, then I'd suggest a minimum of 2 large wcs a week.

Here's some 3" youngsters in a medium planted tank, where I give them 60% + wcs - 3 X a week.

http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/...3RedSnakeSkins


Here are some of them a few months later, well over 4", with other assorted discus, that get 2 X 60% + wcs a week.

http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/...spaul/Sept2011
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du3ce,

beautiful tank. I love the discus in a planted tank. do you only do one water change a week even with the discus?? I love the way you left a small white patch of substrate up front, helps to break up the scape. stunning l. aromatica on the left side, a personal favorite plant of mine.
thanks, yeah cant beat ludgwigia cuba, no i do about 20-25% wc 2 days a week, my discus are about 3-4inches not fully grown yet.
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Amazing!! As a beginner it sounds all like blah, blah, blah when talking about dosing.. but man I'd love to learn all this. The results totally worth it.

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You can get away with 1 wc a week in a planted discus tank, IF the discus are adults, i.e. well over 5" in size. If they're 4" or less, then I'd suggest a minimum of 2 large wcs a week.

Here's some 3" youngsters in a medium planted tank, where I give them 60% + wcs - 3 X a week.

http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/...3RedSnakeSkins


Here are some of them a few months later, well over 4", with other assorted discus, that get 2 X 60% + wcs a week.

http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/...spaul/Sept2011

Thanks guys! I know if you feed them heavily the WCs remove the ammonia etc.. but other than that does it just help with their growth rates or is it something else? I know grow out tanks they do daily WCs and I head rumor that its because of a growth inhibitor they release into the water... don't know if that's true at all. I don't mind if they stay this size though, so they may have to stay with the EI WC on Sundays unless I have to.
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discus need pristine water quality to grow having poor water quality will stunt them
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