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11-07-2006 01:08 PM
Y0uH0 tpl*co - Thanks alot for the compliment! Yeah,my tank has alot of viewing angles so it made designing really a big challenge for me .My main focus was viewing from the front and from the right side where the living room couch was. But my tank had 2 other slanted sides as you can see from the pictures. It was my parents who picked the tank because i was away on an overseas trip then and they wanted to suprise me. The tank was originally for my arowanas which have been given away and viewing angles then wasn't a problem unlike now.Hope you can get some ideas from my tank then. There are also many other much beautiful tanks here in the forum so you may want to refer to them as well.

As for my angelfish,it is no longer in my tank because it had passed on about 1mth plus ago.I had it since 5 years ago when it was only about the size of a table tennis ball. The discus are later additions in the form of juveniles. When my angelfish was still alive,it could get along pretty well with the discus though there were some mutual chasing around both on the part of the discus as well as the angelfish. But i believe this is natural,judging from the fact that these fishes are slightly territorial. There wasn't any visible damage though. I guess it is up to the individual to decide if you would want to keep them together. Some may find the occasional chasing around too much of a hostility and i am sure that there are stories out there about severe infliction of injuries. But at the end of the day,it is up to you to decide if you would like to give it a try. Similarly there have been stories of angels being incompatible with tetras but the fact is,there are still people who have had success in keeping them both together including myself,so yeah,hope that was the reply you had hoped for=)

And just to let you know,my discus are also chasing one another around,lol.
11-06-2006 05:03 PM
tpl*co Nice tank! I'm going to have a similar situation with the a lot of viewing angles for my tank, except with a room divider aquarium, I'll have 3 viewing angles to my tank so I'll be using your tank as a guide .

I notice in some of your early pictures you had an angel with your discus and I was going to ask you how they got along, but in your later pictures I don't see him/her? Do you have the angel still with the discus? My tank will also have discus in it. I've been debating about having some wild angels too, but have been getting different stories as to compatability and all.

11-06-2006 08:32 AM
Y0uH0 Update on 06/11/06. I have sad news,apparently when i checked the nest site for the first pair of discus that spawned,all the fry had disappeared and the parents are seen to be moving away from the site. Guess all of them were eaten up. I believe the reason was because it is the first time my discus had spawned and they have been inexperienced at caring for their young. As for the other pair,I do not have high hopes that their fry would survive as well. Especially after observing that they are not as dedicated as the first pair that spawned,their chances of success appear to be much slimmer.
11-06-2006 08:27 AM
Y0uH0 Thanks alot steven. Lol,now why would it come to mind that the tank would belong to someone from Singapore? I am curious to know. haha
11-06-2006 02:51 AM
Steven_Chong Looks awesome Derrick. This may be silly, but as soon as I saw this picture I thought reflexively, "Looks like a tank by someone in Singapore," and then I remembered you are in Singapore so I laughed at myself.
11-06-2006 02:06 AM
Y0uH0 Thanks alot for the compliments,and well wishes,i really appreciate them=)

Originally Posted by Betowess View Post
Very Nice! I almost couldn't tell it was B. japonica its so bright green. Good luck with the spawn.
Hmm,i think you were referring to those needle like plants towards the rear of the tank am i right? Those aren't blyxa japonica. They are cyprus helferi. I only have 3 stalks of blyxa japonica and i think in the picture,they were slightly obscured by the discus.

As for another update,the eggs belonging to the second pair of discus have just hatched.Boy am i very excited!
11-05-2006 07:56 PM
Subotaj Beautiful tank!
the plans and the discus looking good.
11-05-2006 05:38 PM
Betowess Very Nice! I almost couldn't tell it was B. japonica its so bright green. Good luck with the spawn.
11-05-2006 04:20 PM
Update on 05/11/06

Hey guys,heres the latest update as of 05/11/06. Did a major tank overhaul as the glosso in my previous layout was growing wildly and had begin to overtake everything. Below are the updated photographs along with some description of the changes that came along with the overhaul. Basically,i had removed the eusteralis stellata as well as the echinodorus that was located in the rear of the tank.I then added several new plants as follows

1)crypt. balansae
3)crypt costata
4)ludwiga arcuata
5)rotala rotoundifolia "colorata"

The rest of the overhaul was about moving my existing plants around. I added more cyprus helferi to give it a more important role in the tank layout while at the same time,i added several stones as hardscape. Feel free to give me your comments abou the new layout,i would really appreciate them.Thanks alot.

Full tank shot

Left side:

I shifted the downoi there so that it would be infront of the piece of driftwood which is covered with christmas moss. Crypt balansae was added amongst the cyprus helferi to add varying height and colour to the background.


I added several rocks to the layout as hardscape.Wanted to do an iwagumi layout as i had heard alot about it in other threads but wasn't sure if i got it right.Crypt beckettii and crypt costata were planted around the rocks.

Right side:

I shifted the blyxa joponica more to the right and placed them next to my e.aquatica which was unmoved during the overhaul. Tonina presence in the tank was also reduced to allow the glosso to play a greater role in the tank layout.

Tank overhaul aside,amongst my group of discus,2 pairs have been formed and both pairs had spawned within the past 3 days. So far the eggs had already hatched for one of the pairs which consisted of my snow white and a red turquoise.The eggs which belong to the other pair of discus consisting of a red turquoise and a leopard snakeskin are due to hatch in the next 24-48hours if conditions are right.Further updates will come along the way.

Pair consisting of red turquoise and snow white

Pair consisting of red turquoise and leopard snakeskin.Notice that they are tending to the eggs which are attached to the surface skimmer.
10-10-2006 03:36 AM
Y0uH0 Hey thanks alot Mark, well, the black mollies are there because when the tank was just set up,i encountered some thread algae problem and i consulted my local LFS on the matter. According to them,apparently black mollies graze on thread algae and as such i bought a few home to try out. After awhile,i observed that the thread algae in my tank had disappeared. But at the same time,i also noticed that my black mollies were very engrossed in eating bloodworms,flakes and any other food which i fed the rest of my fishes. So it left me wondering if the disappearance of the thread algae was really the work of the black mollies or was it simply a case of natural death as my tank matured. But i have to admit that with their round bellies,they look really cute,lol.
10-09-2006 09:07 PM
bastalker Nice lookin tank Derrick!! The discus look pretty content as well!

Only question I have is why the black mollies?

I am subscribed.....
10-09-2006 04:20 PM
Y0uH0 Oh no,that is my chiller,the temperature over here can really soar because i am living in the tropics. As such,i need to rely on a chiller to keep the temperature of the tank low to avoid "cooking" my plants. It is a TECO TR15 by the way.
10-09-2006 02:26 PM
CardBoardBoxProcessor is that big thing on the floor to the right of the tank the filter? 0_o
10-09-2006 01:34 PM
OregonFish Hmm thats alot of discus :P

they might pair up later on :P!

but VERY Nice Tank !
09-20-2006 02:29 PM
Originally Posted by gabeszone247 View Post
Man you tank is sweet man! Im losing the battle with growing riccia due to lack of light, but will try again later! Im also having problems with nana growing black fuzz alage. Any ideas on getting rid of this??
Thanks! Well,it is great that you know the reason behind the problem you have encountered in trying to grow riccia. This way,all you need is to rectify the problem which in your case is increasing the amount of light and thereafter,you would have plenty of riccia growth. As for the black fuzz algae,i believe that it is brush algae? I had this problem as well before and no matter how hard i tried,i could not eradicate them. Ended up removing the plants that were badly affected as well as trimming away plant parts that had them growing on top. Right now,i can safely say that they are completely gone. Perhaps you could consult the others who would be able to provide you with better assistance.
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