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04-24-2013 01:53 AM
discuspaul Very nice-looking tank, extrame - love the wall of Vals.
04-24-2013 01:05 AM
James M
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Originally Posted by In.a.Box View Post
Agree, discus or not water change should be done.
Once per week or month. I do 80% weekly for the first 3 month.
After that I do 50% per 2 week.

Some guy do 10 water change in 6 yr using a sump/ refugium
Yet in a natural, dirted, planted tank the water parameters are golden for much longer than that. It comes down to fish load. I know a guy who is stocked so heavy that he does several water changes a week, another who goes maybe 5 months and his fish and tanks are gorgeous. Not discus mind you - discus are their own ball of wax.
04-24-2013 12:43 AM
alipper
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Originally Posted by extrame View Post
hi bro,
i think i have the same set up as yours.
only difference is our lighting fixture. i am using t5HO lights (1 is plant bulb and the other is 10000k bulb)

plants that survived after 16 months are the valis, dwarf sag, amazon sword, some crypts and java moss.
here's a pic of my tank


how big are your discus?

good luck on your tank!
Sweet setup. What kind of Vals in the background?
01-18-2013 07:16 PM
tomfromstlouis
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Originally Posted by extrame View Post
hi bro,
i think i have the same set up as yours.
only difference is our lighting fixture. i am using t5HO lights (1 is plant bulb and the other is 10000k bulb)

plants that survived after 16 months are the valis, dwarf sag, amazon sword, some crypts and java moss.
here's a pic of my tank


how big are your discus?

good luck on your tank!
This is one beautiful tank extrame. I think the lack of a focal point would keep it from winning any prizes, but I for one could stare at it all day long. I love the val background!
01-17-2013 11:17 PM
ElPincheBecerra
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Originally Posted by Soup12 View Post
how long did you go without water changes? Was tank planted heavily? What kind of filtration?
It was about 6 weeks, low light plants , I think my mistake was not cutting back on feeding them. Currently I do about a 25% waterchange a week. Plants and fish are happy...
01-17-2013 07:28 PM
Soup12 Will 1 48" finnex ray2 HO, provide medium light for a 75g?


most my plants will be low light, but i may have some medium light dwarf grass...
01-17-2013 07:27 PM
Soup12
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Originally Posted by ElPincheBecerra View Post
My seven discus became one when I had some emergency remodeling for a bathroom leak. I couldn't do water changes as access to the tank was limited and all but one died.
how long did you go without water changes? Was tank planted heavily? What kind of filtration?
01-17-2013 07:22 PM
ElPincheBecerra My seven discus became one when I had some emergency remodeling for a bathroom leak. I couldn't do water changes as access to the tank was limited and all but one died.
01-16-2013 11:35 PM
In.a.Box
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Originally Posted by CoffeeLove View Post
I don't think any fish would be happy with no water changes. That's just laziness.

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Agree, discus or not water change should be done.
Once per week or month. I do 80% weekly for the first 3 month.
After that I do 50% per 2 week.

Some guy do 10 water change in 6 yr using a sump/ refugium
01-16-2013 05:50 PM
CoffeeLove
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Originally Posted by extrame View Post
Do you think discus would survive in an El natural tank?
i don't do any water change in my tank. i just top it off once a week.
I don't think any fish would be happy with no water changes. That's just laziness.

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01-16-2013 05:46 PM
discuspaul
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Originally Posted by shiloh View Post
Nope. And if they do they won't be happy.

Agree.
Discus will not likely survive for very long in any tank that does not receive large water changes on a regular, fairly frequent basis.
01-16-2013 05:44 PM
wheatiesl337 There is a detailed post in the DIY section on how to convert a LUX meter to a PAR meter.
01-16-2013 03:06 PM
shiloh
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Originally Posted by extrame View Post
Do you think discus would survive in an El natural tank?
i don't do any water change in my tank. i just top it off once a week.
Nope. And if they do they won't be happy.
01-16-2013 05:28 AM
extrame Do you think discus would survive in an El natural tank?
i don't do any water change in my tank. i just top it off once a week.
01-16-2013 04:46 AM
discuspaul Thanks for the kind words, naturelady and extrame.
As I mentioned, I keep things low-tech simple for discus. I have pool filter sand for substrate, so I use root tab ferts, and occasional moderate liquid fert dosing, and that's it. - 7 hr./day lighting period, and 60% water changes, 2 or 3 X a week.

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