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11-09-2012 05:48 PM
Herbicidal The tank looks awesome! Sorry about the Cardinals.

I also have a Canon Powershot (model SX110 IS). First off, you need to use a tripod. After that, I typcially use the 'M' mode. Once there, I use the rotating dial on the right side of the camera screen to adjust shutter speed. To adjust the 'F' stop, temporarily go to the 'Av' or aperture priority mode and change the setting there. Switch back to 'M' and make any further shutter speed adjustments and take a picture. A longer shutter speed will also blur the fish, so it's a compromise. I would suggest taking notes as to what settings you used for each picture to determine the best settings for you. I'm still a bit photo challenged myself and I suspect others will chime in that have way more experience than I do.

Good luck!
11-09-2012 04:32 PM
TankZen Time for a new picture. Some new additions to the tank and a few kicked out....

Added 40 Cardinal tetras and within a few hours the Discus decided they were lunch. So out with the Discus. I want a tank where I can have small schooling fish so this was not ok with me. The Discus now live up stairs in the 55G and are actually happier living by themselves. Also got 11 Roseline Barbs at a sick price of $5 each. I love love these fish!! They are a new favorite! They are always cruising around and so beautiful to look at. They also love the strong current and are always playing in it.

New night lights LED... They make a really nice glow. We got them from lowes they're actually under cabinet lights.

Also if anyone who has input on good settings for a cannon power shot to take better pictures please share I am still trying to figure that out.
06-07-2012 01:59 PM
What temp are you running with the discus?
82 degrees
06-07-2012 01:50 PM
jcgd It's looking very nice. Good job.

What temp are you running with the discus?
06-07-2012 01:26 PM
New pics (about time!)

Here are some new pics (yes it's about time!)... The tank is doing great. Relatively low maintenance and the plants are growing like crazy.

The Discus are starting to cooler up and are fully adjusted to the tank (less shy). Rummy nose are flying around like always.

06-07-2012 12:55 PM
TankZen LOL you are reading my mind. Just snapped a few new pics last night and I'm getting them up today! You need to start a tank journal for your 55. If you're ever in Wake forest let us know.
06-07-2012 12:01 PM
drbotts I'd say those plants filled out nicely. Hah.. Wow. Any recent pics?
01-18-2012 06:27 PM
smiller The reason I asked about the Eco-Complete is that I have a friend who has a small tank and using it and she said she has had an issue with the plants coming out of it on their own. I have not seen the tank or know the Eco depth or any other particulars, just going by her experience. In my long search for substrate to go into my 150 I was leaning toward Eco but wanted to know if others had had this problem. Thanks!
01-18-2012 05:39 PM
Are you happy with the Eco-Complete?
I am very happy with the Eco-complete. The only disadvantage is the discus color would be better if I had a lighter colored bottom. However, if I were to do it again I would still pick eco.

One thing to my non co2 low tech no ferts 55G the Eco negatively effected the Cherry Shrimp. I think the Eco released micro nutrients into the water faster then the plants could uptake causing nutrient build up. The shrimp died in that tank. After I removed Eco and added sand the shrimp are happy living in the 55G. In the 180 with Eco I don't have this problem.... Co2 enriched and EI dosed the cherry shrimp live happy there probably... due to fast plant growth and nutrient up take.

wow i hope my 120 build turns out like this..... gorgeous
01-18-2012 08:49 AM
1000RRSTUNNA wow i hope my 120 build turns out like this..... gorgeous
01-17-2012 11:20 PM
smiller Beautiful tank. Are you happy with the Eco-Complete?
01-08-2012 05:21 PM
mountaindew well done.
looking nice,clean and healthy.
01-08-2012 02:15 PM
New year new pics!

New year new pics! Very happy with the tank . Plants growing like crazy! Still need to add a good foreground plant....planning Dwarf Tears. Wondering why my fish hide for pics. I'll have to get some new shots of Discus up soon they're growing fast!

11-09-2011 01:51 PM
Tess! Its been a little while! Tank looks amazing!
Thanks J! I'd love to pick up a few more plants from you : ). We'll also bring some clippings of plants I know you don't have in case you'd like to add anything new to your tank... and yes for sure if I ever get Discus baby's I'll call you first! LOL seems crazy to think of it now but you never know... that sure would be sweet! You need to make it out to Wake Forest and come see our set up. I'll send you a text and see if we can set something up this weekend.

early on you mentioned a UV, doesn't look like you put one on,
We have a 18W uv on there now... I turn it on after water changes.
Only issues recently is BBA algae... plan to turn up the co2 a bit to see if that's the problem.

They'll begin to round out - partially lose their bars, and color up significantly
discuspaul, they are really starting to look good... getting bigger color looks great and are getting very comfortable in the tank. Also after two weeks they are finally eating the FD black worms : ). They are such picky fish lol! I've been mixing them with the blood worms.
11-09-2011 02:04 AM
jart Very, very impressive...
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