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post #91 of 112 (permalink) Old 08-09-2016, 03:55 PM
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Thank you. In a few months hopefully but Im going to have them in a 75 gallon bare bottom tank first to grow them out then put them in after their fully grown.

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post #92 of 112 (permalink) Old 08-10-2016, 05:53 PM
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love watching the tank develop. I would bump that new cave off center a bit. it looks like it is dead in the middle of the tank and draws too much attention there. it would look better in my opinion closer to one of the existing groups of rocks. however if you like the look then it is in the perfect spot.
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love watching the tank develop. I would bump that new cave off center a bit. it looks like it is dead in the middle of the tank and draws too much attention there. it would look better in my opinion closer to one of the existing groups of rocks. however if you like the look then it is in the perfect spot.

Yup I thought of that Thanks for pointing it out to me I moved it over and took out one piece of driftwood from the right side. I think it was to much on that side.

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Wow the tank is looking just beautiful! Really, really nice work.

Just one question.

Where are the Discus???????
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****UPDATE VIDEO****




bunch of fish died on me but I learned from it!!!


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Wow the tank is looking just beautiful! Really, really nice work.

Just one question.

Where are the Discus???????
lol I will be getting them very soon but in my video I explain why I don't have them. but I will be growing them out in another tank until they are adults

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So I will be getting the Discus very soon so its about that time to find out how many I'm going to get. So heres my current stock list and what else I'm going to add besides Discus.

Current Stock list:
~50 Cardinal Tetras
~40 Rummy Nose Tetras
1 SAE
8 Sterbai Cory's
1 Dwarf Gourimi

Adding besides Discus:
4 Long Fin Electric Blue Rams
4 Long Fin Gold Rams
4 Apistogramma Macmasteri

Total approximate gallons (tank and sump/refugium) 240 g

I was thinking any where from 10 to 15 Discus, what do you guys think?

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I have no idea how many Discus that tank can support.

But I do know regardless of how many I can't wait to see all those fish in that tank.
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So I will be getting the Discus very soon so its about that time to find out how many I'm going to get. So heres my current stock list and what else I'm going to add besides Discus.

Current Stock list:
~50 Cardinal Tetras
~40 Rummy Nose Tetras
1 SAE
8 Sterbai Cory's
1 Dwarf Gourimi

Adding besides Discus:
4 Long Fin Electric Blue Rams
4 Long Fin Gold Rams
4 Apistogramma Macmasteri

Total approximate gallons (tank and sump/refugium) 240 g

I was thinking any where from 10 to 15 Discus, what do you guys think?
stocking seems a bit heavy. i'd prolly pull one of the tetra schools
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Aquadvisor puts you at ~120% stocking level with that list. Might want to cut down on a school. Rummynose also generally like cooler water. They may not live long in the very warm water the discus required.

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I have no idea how many Discus that tank can support.

But I do know regardless of how many I can't wait to see all those fish in that tank.
Thank I'm really excited!
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stocking seems a bit heavy. i'd prolly pull one of the tetra schools
Yes it is a little heavy but I have a lot of filtration with the 75g refugium, which I will be adding more marine pure blocks (20,000 Sq ft. Of surface area for beneficial bacteria) plus almost all the plants in the tank/refugium take their nutrients from the water column.

Also i have watched the ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels after letting the tank go without a water change for 3 weeks and levels where very low. I do a 50% water change every week so I know they will be find plus I add a small group of fish at first for about a month and then check the levels again to make sure everything is find.
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Aquadvisor puts you at ~120% stocking level with that list. Might want to cut down on a school. Rummynose also generally like cooler water. They may not live long in the very warm water the discus required.

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Rummy nose tetras are known to do well in higher Temps. Lots of discus owners have them for that reason. Don't know why Aquadvisor has them at a low temp.

Also in the Aquadvisor I see you only had the total gallons of the 179.5g and not the other ~60 gallons of water in the refugium, which would change that %.

That's cool though didn't know about Aquadvisor.

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Just keep an eye on the nitrates, and the physical overcrowding. Proper water management,which I assume you'll be doing with the discus, will likely control and water quality issues. Just make sure all those fish have room to move around freely. That would be my bigger concern.
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Keep your stocking to not more than 10 discus, and you should be just fine without needing to reduce the stocking of the discus tankmates.
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Just keep an eye on the nitrates, and the physical overcrowding. Proper water management,which I assume you'll be doing with the discus, will likely control and water quality issues. Just make sure all those fish have room to move around freely. That would be my bigger concern.
Ya I don't think that would be a problem might cut down on some future tank mates.
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Keep your stocking to not more than 10 discus, and you should be just fine without needing to reduce the stocking of the discus tankmates.
Thanks for ur input Paul, that's what I was thinking. Just hard cause I know I'm going to want more but that will have to do.

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Even though I suggested limiting the discus number to 10, if it were me I'd probably push it to 12 and still feel pretty comfortable even when they're fully grown adults.
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Just bought a 135 storage tank to make my water changes easier and faster. Going to fill with half RO/DI and half tap. Thinking of getting a heater but I live in Miami where my garage (water storage is in the garage) is always super hot even during our 75 winters.

Still have to run plumbing through the attic to the other side of the house which isn't that far away.

Also have an update video of the Cory's in the 180 and me trying to find best way to feed them.

https://youtu.be/-9XLmSH1fkQ

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