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  1. joce30
    Today 02:37 AM - permalink
    joce30
    (part 2 of 2)

    I do have a walstad system, topped of with eco complete. My water is 3/4 RO-DI and 1/4 tap water, so my KH is aound 3 and GH 8. I do a 40% water change each week. I have a filter suited for a 160 gallons aquarium, with no chemical fitration (only mechanical and a lot of bio filtration).

    My discus are juvenile ranging from 2 inches to 4 inches. I have actually 6 of them. I feed them by automatic feeding 3 times a day with high quality fakes and a couple of time a week, I give them bloodworms, brine shrimps or beef heart mix.

    They do not grow and they are often kind of dark. Once and a while, one dies, usually from hexamita (I see the white feces, and they start losing weight).

    For the record, I have some cardinal tetras and hatchet fish and they are doing extremely well.

    So, would you have some advice for me ? If you need other information, don't hesitate.

    Thanks a lot.
  2. joce30
    Today 02:36 AM - permalink
    joce30
    (part 1 out of 2)

    Hi!

    My name is Jocelyn and I saw that you seem to be pretty expert with discus. I have a planted tank with discus in it and I pretty much always some kinds of problems with them.

    I lost quite a lot of juvenile discus, from mistakes ou because of severe bullying leadin to stress and mainly hexamita. Recently, I saw that my discus had fin rot, since a lot of them had their fins kind of eated.

    The problem is that my aquarium is really high tech and my water perimeters are solidly stable. At one point (like 8 months ago), I even had a lot of spawning between a pair and some fish were growing slowly.

    I have an 80 gallons tank. My ammonia and nitrites are at zero since the begining and my nitrates are always below 5. My phosphates are low and my water is at 28 celcius. I have co2 injection, so pH is maintained between 6,45 and 6,5 (I own an Apex neptune system). There are some ph spike in the morning, but by spikes I mean... 6.6.
  3. Designs in clay plants
    08-09-2016 07:11 PM - permalink
    Designs in clay plants
    Hi Paul. I am back at the studio a bit with short trips. My total to the left knee went very well but still have a significant amount of pain yet and more recovery time. Brother Louie has kept the tank very well. It went through some kind of darkening? no algae though and crystal clear water. It probably could use a WC to clear up the lighting effect but won't do that just now and all the water perimeters check out OK anyway. I think I can safely go to a bit longer hours of lighting now that the plants are taking off. The waterlily has gone to town. I also need to learn how to take better photos to avoid all the glare but have to study up on that methods etc. On the mend here.
  4. Designs in clay plants
    06-05-2016 05:13 PM - permalink
    Designs in clay plants
    trying a photo send again of the 75 gal . Finally got it to work here. Sorry about that.

  5. discuspaul
    05-25-2016 02:02 AM - permalink
    discuspaul
    You need to add more ammonia than that. Try a teaspoonful, wait a few minutes, then test & see what it registers. Add more if need be, to get a reading of 3-4 ppm's. You'll soon get the feel of how much, or how much less, you need to put in, to maintain a daily reading of 3-5 ppm's. It's not rocket science.
  6. Designs in clay plants
    05-25-2016 12:50 AM - permalink
    Designs in clay plants
    Hi Paul,
    I have the 75 gal. tank filled and circulating with the Aquatop- last night... and this morning we put the amonia in - one drop per gallon ratio. Today I took two amonia readings and the water is clear? I have the canister set up with bio-balls, removed the charcoal, and have purigen in a bag at the upper most tray. Shouldn't I begin to see some color on the test files, or perhaps I just need to add a bit more increments at a time and try and get the reading of 4 or 5 ppm. The white sand looks nice and I have the heater going as per your information for beginning to cycle the tank.
    Llewellyn
  7. discuspaul
    05-20-2016 09:42 PM - permalink
    discuspaul
    I've mixed warm & cold tap water for many years for tank fills or for water changes, and never ran into a bit of a problem, or even a small concern. If your Fargo fish people have no problem with that either, that doesn't surprise me, because while younger I lived & kept tropical for years in Winnipeg (where I was born & raised) & I would imagine the 'Peg water was not dissimilar to North Dakota water.
    So I really think you needn't be concerned.
  8. Designs in clay plants
    05-20-2016 08:28 PM - permalink
    Designs in clay plants
    I have my pool sand on hand and the thermometer. The canister filter arrived and the glass vial around the UV light was broken in shipping so I am waiting now for a replacement for that. Meantime I tested my aerated tap water and get a pH 7.6. I am re reading how to calibrate my electronic pH tester, although it may not be necessary as the ease of liquid pH works very well. I am only doing this for my own experience and to see if I can get that equipment to work.

    I understand the need to condition water for fish but still not sure about the temperature thing. I don't think it is wise or possible to use ones (warm) tap water? I thought the fish people in Fargo said they just turn the tap on both (warm and cold) and that works for them. I need to sit down with the test kits and read and get some readings for various water quality anyway and see where I am at and how it compares to the API test results.
  9. maybemark
    11-21-2015 02:33 AM - permalink
    maybemark
    Hi Paul
    I ordered the aquaclear 70 from big Als up in Canada, they were the best price
    So once the filter comes, I can start the cycle
    Mark
  10. maybemark
    11-19-2015 11:12 PM - permalink
    maybemark
    well, the 135 is now clean and ready.
    I haven't ordered the filter yet, I am hoping they will have them on sale for black friday

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06-23-2016
03:29 PM - Seattle_Aquarist mentioned discuspaul in post What Filtration for a 75 gal. aquarium
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06-05-2016
02:56 PM - thedood mentioned discuspaul in post Does Purigen remove Iron iron supplement and other fertilizers from aquarium?
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05-06-2016
04:45 PM - thedood mentioned discuspaul in post Purigen and Amines
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02-09-2016
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02-07-2016
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02-06-2016
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02-03-2016
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12-24-2015
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11-13-2015
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06-06-2016
02:40 AM - discuspaul quoted Greggz in post Some discus eye candy for you photo buffs
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06-05-2016
11:49 PM - discuspaul quoted livingword26 in post Purigen Regeneration Observation
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02:52 PM - discuspaul quoted SpaceLord in post Does Purigen remove Iron iron supplement and other fertilizers from aquarium?
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05-30-2016
06:13 PM - Empress Akitla quoted discuspaul in post Recommended sand for new 55 gallon?
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05-28-2016
04:15 PM - discuspaul quoted nyskiffie in post Using Purigen with Nitrate dosing?
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05-27-2016
07:29 PM - discuspaul quoted Snowflake311 in post What small fish to get?
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05-25-2016
04:06 PM - discuspaul quoted Nlewis in post potting soil and cap or just sand?
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05-18-2016
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05-17-2016
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05-09-2016
04:07 PM - bif24701 quoted discuspaul in post New 75 W/ Discus
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05-06-2016
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02:44 PM - discuspaul quoted roadmaster in post What is best filteration for Discus tank 75 gal.
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05-04-2016
03:43 AM - II Knucklez II quoted discuspaul in post Finally my Dream 180g Discus show tank
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05-01-2016
08:12 PM - discuspaul quoted Sub-Mariner in post Too Late for Discus Growth?
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04-28-2016
10:12 PM - Doogy262 quoted discuspaul in post 75 gal Planted discus tank what substrate?
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10:01 PM - discuspaul quoted Doogy262 in post 75 gal Planted discus tank what substrate?
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