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04-17-2004 01:43 AM
compulsion oh... i never mentioned i dont have a controler, just a 12 on 12 off cycle, ill leave the co2 levels as they are.
04-17-2004 01:23 AM
rumples riot No 6.4 is fine for tetras, I have tetras in my tank and they are fine at the PH.

You wont need to raise the CO2 level even with your compacts, the plants will use more CO2 but if you maintain this level with a controller then you won't need to jake up the CO2.

04-17-2004 01:13 AM
compulsion when my new compacts arrive ill prolly be cracking up the co2 more.
04-17-2004 01:13 AM
compulsion kh 3 my ph is allready 6.4 isnt that a bit to low for my tetras and other fish?
04-17-2004 01:10 AM
rumples riot Whats your KH, you might be able to drop your Ph below 7 if it is around 4? Then it would be fine for discus.

04-17-2004 12:55 AM
compulsion i dont want them to breed. but i do want to get my water conditions close to there requirements, but stil be able to keep most other community fish, ill proberly stick with cardinals but either way.

just been doing some tests.
Tap water PH 7.4
Tank PH 6.4 :O
Tank GH 11
Ammonia 0ppm
Nitrate 0ppm

ill definatly get some of that discus buffer stuff. ill check up on the brands before i buy
04-17-2004 12:34 AM
Most of what you read over the net and in books about discus is just nonsense.
Very well put Paul...

They are beautiful fish but feared because somewhere down the road someone confused difficulty in breeding them with "raising" them.
04-17-2004 12:21 AM
rumples riot Well I have nine discus in my display tank. Water is KH 4 ph 6.5- 6.6. water change 140 litres out a week. Feed them with frozen food all the time as they will not eat pellets. When I do the water change I add Prime (water conditioner) to my tank directly and fill the tank directly out of the tap. Dont use RO water, nor do I have some bucket with water waiting to de-gas of chlorine.

Most of what you read over the net and in books about discus is just nonsense. My fish are fine, they are starting to pair up and in time they will breed.

Anyway that is the opinion from someone who actually has discus!

04-16-2004 09:12 PM
ninoboy I raise discus in slightly hard water (pH 7.2). My tap is 7.8 pH, GH close to the roof; and I mix it with RO and add some buffer. Even adult discus can adapt. It's just harder to take them to breeding mood.
04-16-2004 08:09 PM
Raul-7 I've learned from a Discus expert that it is possible to house Discus in slight hard water. You just need to raise really young ones so they can adapt to it. If you really want to house them, why not use Discus Buffer? I've tried it and it works, I like it!
04-16-2004 07:57 PM
compulsion lmao i used to think like that... ill pm you some info on my diy co2 its alot cheaper than some of the diy's ive seen. youve obviously thought about your substrate. i hope you get on with the laterite ive heard it can be a little bit messy, but no doubt lots of people use it so its a good sub. i only have sand at the mo but will be adding some perlite proberly tomorow. my tank is still young and i have no cam so untill i borrow one there wont be any pics, ill get one soon and take pics on everything i can that ive diyd to get me going in the game.

this is a fine board of pros so youll have all the info you need.
04-16-2004 07:48 PM
fishface severn trent supplies mine.

I will look for their site, water here also is reservoir.

thanks for the offer, I appreciate all the help I get, few days ago I thought i could bung a load of green stuff in a glass box and leave it to it.

now Im dreaming of ph's and c02 and muttering about 'substrate' a lot

I also peer at tank photos on the internet to see how they have done their plants for long periods of time...hmmmm

so ...if u have a pic of yours......... :lol:

04-16-2004 07:37 PM
compulsion fishface your right about the evaporation with chlorine. i dont know about leicester but were i come from most of the water is held in resivoirs. i dont have any chloramine in my water however i do have chlorine and even some lime :S. but i think its very little possibly the same as what it would naturaly be.

are u asking because of your *first tank/not yet operating*... you may aswell use some chems for the first setup of your tank. who supplies your water? wessex water for me. they have a website and will allways email you the details of the water in your area...

if you need some help pm me. maybe one day we could trade plants
04-16-2004 12:59 PM
fishface u know if here in the uk water authorities use chlorine or chloramine to condition the water. Apparently chlorine can be oxygenated out of tap water over a period of a week or so (no fish in it!) wheras chloramine will not budge without chemicals
04-16-2004 12:45 PM
compulsion gnatster did you do all that searchin for me ?

thanks man u coulda just said. your wrong, discus like soft water.

my mistake ....
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