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265g One more day of Discus. Looking for new stocking suggestions. (7/22/10)

Well, I was going to get on here and start a journal for this tank, but imageshack is being wonky, so I only got this one photo uploaded, a teaser if you will. I guess I'll give my thoughts and ambitions for the tank first, post the pic, and then list the specs and inhabitants.

First of all I want to think TPT for opening my eyes to planted tanks, I've kept plants for a few years and never imagined how beautiful a tank could look. I hope to share my adventure from turning my "ordinary" tank into a work of art. Currently I'm just trying to prove to myself that I can grow a variety of plants, and I'm still trying to get a feel for which plants I like best. Critiques are more then welcome, as well as general advice and comments.



Here are the inhabitants.

Fauna:
8xSuper Red Turquoise Discus
3xPeach White Discus
1xBlue Diamond High Fin Discus
2xLeopard Ctenopoma
2xMoonlight Gourami
5xArnold's Eye Tetra
2xSiamese Algae Eater
1xRope Fish
1xAngelicus Loach
1xLongfin Albino Pleco
1xQueen Arabesque
1xHorseshoe Pleco

Flora:
Ozelot Sword
Jade Sword
Rotala Rotundifolia
Crypts
Sunset Hygro
Jungle Val
Willow Leaf Hygro
Tiger Lotus
Wysteria
Java Fern

Specs:
72" Coralife Aqua Lunar Compact Fluorescent 4x96w 10k
3 x Fx5's
Pressurized Co2
Inert Sand
Starting Rex Griggs ferts soon I hope.

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Very cool, can't wait to watch it fill in.............course I'm a sucker for Discus! So I'm completely biased!

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nice looking tank.. I agree.. can't wait to see it grow in. my only thing is the equipment in the tank just hanging there.. I would try to find a way to hide it or get it out of the tank somehow

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lol both of your avatar show it all
beautiful tank!
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Holy crap those tetras are huge! It's interesting that you chose African Tetras with Discus.

Two suggestions for starters:
1). Hide the hardware as best you can. The heaters and bubble wand should be easy.
2). Slope the sand front to back. This greatly increases the appearance of depth.
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Very nice! I give your tank about 2 to 2 1/2 months to settle in and then the growth is going to be phenominal for your newer plants.

Those are some gorgeous discus!

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FYI: the HUGE wad of weeds I'm sending you are all New World species, so that should go well with the Discus!!!
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Here are some detail shots of the aquarium.

Left Side


Right Side


Any help on Identifying this crypt?


Or this one?


Red Ozelot Sword


Jade Sword (What's the scientific name for this one?)


Rotala Rotundifolia


Wysteria


Tiger Lotus peeking over my driftwood.


And a close up of one of my Peach White Discus


Any advice on hiding the equipment? Heaters seem easy enough to conceal, but what about my intakes? Seems that if you try to hide them in a heavily planted tank, they will just suction plants to themselves. Any ideas or advice for making these less conspicuous?

As for mixing species from different continents, I started with a community 75g, and when I upgraded to the 265 they all joined my discus. I like the arnold eye tetras (or african red eye tetras) enough that I'm on the lookout for more. And yes they are big tetras, and good schoolers in my experience.

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Looks awesome!!

My guesses on the plants- I think the crypts are Wendtii 'green, and 'bronze' and that sword looks like E. uruguayensis.

Have you thought about painting the equipment with black Krylon?

Those African red-eyed tetras are amazing; I've never seen them before! Where'd you find the ones you have now?

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I don't have any experience with black Krylon.

I picked up the tetras a few years ago from the LFS I frequent in Lexington, KY. The place is called Just Fish. I have the owner on the lookout for more for me this summer. I think I gave about $8 a piece for them. I was a poor engineering student at the time or I would have bought more.

Thanks for the plant Ids btw.

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I don't have any experience with black Krylon.

I picked up the tetras a few years ago from the LFS I frequent in Lexington, KY. The place is called Just Fish. I have the owner on the lookout for more for me this summer. I think I gave about $8 a piece for them. I was a poor engineering student at the time or I would have bought more.

Thanks for the plant Ids btw.
krylon is just a brand of spraypaint i think the filter tubes would be much less conspicuous if they were painted
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Would you just paint the tubes or the end piece also? How long does the paint have to dry. I'm assuming since you are suggesting it, spray paint is fish safe. Is there any particular type of paint I need to be looking for. And how long does the paint job last in your aquarium? Thanks again for the advice.

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Krylon Fusion is fish safe (it is common, like in WalMart, it 'fuses' with plastic hence the name). Can't say the same for all spray paint. I paint the tubes and the end piece too. It takes about 10 mins to dry, but you're better off waiting a few hours until the smell goes away. Probably best to do one intake at a time just after a water change and keep the other running.
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I was thinking about changing my hardscape around so I took the wife on a driftwood hunting excursion. Here's the loot.



I also had her pick up some Krylon Fusion today. If I get ambitious this weekend I'll try and paint those intakes.

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