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post #16 of 112 (permalink) Old 04-05-2015, 02:40 AM
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Yes they do I have been to his hatchery before its awesome. BTW lowe might be looking for some light for the tank, low light fixture is what I'm looking for but I know at 2ft deep it should be find with one fixture on each side.
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How high of a substrate? For me, a MonsterRAY is a must if going w/ discus. It puts out around 14 at 24" deep which will sadly put you at the low low end. Possibly supplement it with a cheap StingRAY.


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post #17 of 112 (permalink) Old 04-05-2015, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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Nice tank! I think 15 would be ideal with the rest of your bioload. Sounds like you have done your research and have a great plan. Just looked at Wattley's strains, those red snakeskins look sweet. What strains are you thinking? Can't wait to see this come together.
Ya that's what I was thinking and as for which ones I really don't know. I'm going going to go and pick out what I like and they will all be different.

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How high of a substrate? For me, a MonsterRAY is a must if going w/ discus. It puts out around 14 at 24" deep which will sadly put you at the low low end. Possibly supplement it with a cheap StingRAY.
substrate will be about 1-2 inches high but I am going to have high rock work on one side of the tank but I am looking to do low light, since I want to do as less maintenance as possible to the actual scape. Is there any data on par for those lights? Because at 14 par @ 24" doesn't sound bad
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OK so took a lil more then a month to set up everything up and I'm still not done. Of course life happen and having other things come up plus we decided to remodel the house so its almost been a year but better late then never.
Just finished plumbing the tank and got wood in from Mr. Tom Barr (thanks Tom!) So i just have the wood in there, to let it sink and release all the gunk.

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As for the specs on the tank i used all 45 degree elbows and pipe is 1" as for the pump I'm using ehiem compact plus 5000 (1350ghp) which is perfect and quiet.
Lights i got the two 36 inch 24/7 planted led from finnex. I have it on a Mr. Aqua tank right now and i love it.
I bought a 75 g on Craigslist for $20 and bought the refugium kit on eBay for $100 if i remember correctly. For Media, i just ordered two 8x8x1 inch marine pure blocks and got a pack of 8 200 mircon socks.

Next need to buy rocks from a local rock place and need to find good sand anyone have experience with sand and where to buy. I don't like the play sand you find cause it has a lot of stuff that isn't sand like silicone, dirt, etc...
As for fish i have 6 GBR and 6 gold rams in a holding tank waiting for tank to be cycled. Water will be 75% RO/DI and 25% tap because my tap water is at 9 Ph and 360+ TDS.
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Very cool setup - and that wood looks awesome! What exactly did you ask Tom for? Just a random package or something specific?

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I actually went over to Cali for the Superbowl and do a road trip down the Pacific coast hwy so i asked Tom if it was OK to pass by his house to pick out what i wanted. But u can send him pics of other tanks with wood u like around the size u have and he could pick them out for u
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Going to Bernie's for stone? I'm trying to find a good stone yard with ying stone down here. May end up having a pallet shipped.
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Going to Bernie's for stone? I'm trying to find a good stone yard with ying stone down here. May end up having a pallet shipped.
Lol yes i am its right by my house but they don't have the bigger size I'm looking for so i was going to settle for getting a bunch of smaller rocks and pileing them up.

If you find a place that carries ying stone let me know. BTW does that stone effect water chemistry?
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Want to see close up of the child in playpen in previous photo.
No fair croppin out pictures of children.
Never had none of my own,(I don't think) but have gobs of nieces and nephew's.
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Want to see close up of the child in playpen in previous photo.
No fair croppin out pictures of children.
Never had none of my own,(I don't think) but have gobs of nieces and nephew's.
Lol have to start them young.



Got some rocks for the tank came out to $100 for all this.

Going to make the scape like two small islands on either side of tank with wood coming for them to the middle.

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Re; your inquiry about good sand with discus:
I use nothing but #20 grade density, quartz-based silica pool filter sand, obtained only from a pool or spa supply store ( don't get it @ a big box store, because you never really know what you're really getting- despite what they tell you).

So I strongly recommend true PF Sand to you - large-grained and dense enough so that it won't get siphoned out when vacuuming, won't free-float into the water column when disturbed, so won't get into & clog up filtration units, and won't compact heavily like play sands, so the risk of development of anaerobic gas pockets is far less than other sands - just don't layer it to more than approx. 2.5"- 3.0" max. - enough depth to grow rooted plants well - and it's very easy to keep squeaky clean.

I prefer the white PFS - here's one of my tanks to give you some idea of the look:

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Re; your inquiry about good sand with discus:
I use nothing but #20 grade density, quartz-based silica pool filter sand, obtained only from a pool or spa supply store ( don't get it @ a big box store, because you never really know what you're really getting- despite what they tell you).

So I strongly recommend true PF Sand to you - large-grained and dense enough so that it won't get siphoned out when vacuuming, won't free-float into the water column when disturbed, so won't get into & clog up filtration units, and won't compact heavily like play sands, so the risk of development of anaerobic gas pockets is far less than other sands - just don't layer it to more than approx. 2.5"- 3.0" max. - enough depth to grow rooted plants well - and it's very easy to keep squeaky clean.

I prefer the white PFS - here's one of my tanks to give you some idea of the look:

Awesome great info and I'm glad u said that cause that's what I got. Also glad to hear its easy to clean up!!! Nice tank btw!!

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Driftwood in the tank looks awesome! Can't wait to see this one progress.
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Driftwood in the tank looks awesome! Can't wait to see this one progress.
Thanks I'm really excited, should have plants in a week to set up scape
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Looking forward to seeing your first approach to starting your set-up - I expect it will be good !
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Great setup, I really like the driftwood. Have you chosen your discus yet, will it be a mixed discus tank or just one color? Personally I would do a group of all the same color, has a lot more of a visual effect IMO.

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