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BradC 01-24-2011 07:12 AM

55 Gallon Discus Project
 
Hello everyone!

I started this tank back on 11/1/2010 and finally have time to start a journal.

There has been a lot of changes since I first setup the tank and will post all pics and info from the beginning and then from this point on.

I have had great success in the first month/month half then started getting a large algae outbreak on all my plants. Not knowing exactly what the problem was I tried several things to narrow what the main cause might have been.

The tank it self is as follows:

-55 gallon tank (48" x 13" x 21")
-Stand from walmart for 55 gal tank (had this for years and used it for my previous tank about 5+ years ago)
-Primo CO2 System from GLA (5 and 10 lb tank for when one runs out)
-Eheim Pro 2 Series 2026
-Jager 200 watt heater
-Hydor Koralia nano water pump
-Aqua Soil Amazonia II (3X 9 liter bags) bottom layer, Aqua Soil Amazonia II Powder Type (2X 3 liters) top layer.
-ADA drop checker
-ADA glass diffuser
-Sundial T5HO 48" (running only 2 of the 4 T5HO bulbs)

Plants:

-Dwarf Hairgrass (Eleocharis acicularis)
-Rotala 'nanjenshan'
-Ludwigia Peruensis
-Heteranthera Stargrass (Heteranthera zosterfolia)
-Green Temple Narrow (Hygro Corombosa)
-Glossostigma (Glossostigma elatinoides)


http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/8882/0062rb.jpg

BradC 01-24-2011 07:23 AM

Aqua soil, check! Driftwood, check!
http://img825.imageshack.us/img825/6008/013ja.jpg

I work 3-midnight so it took me 2 nights (or mornings) after work to plant all the hairgrass. Took 12 pots and 10 hours to complete
http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/383/1172010.jpg

BradC 01-24-2011 07:26 AM

On 11/10 the plants arrived! Was lucky enough for them to come a few hours before work :)
http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/7565/11102010c.jpg

This a day or so later when I added the other piece of driftwood and moved somethings around.
http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/4941/005sjy.jpg

MattPeryman 01-24-2011 07:35 AM

Very nice tank! I can't wait to see progress.

BradC 01-24-2011 07:43 AM

This is the tank on 11/25
http://img827.imageshack.us/img827/2627/022tbv.jpg

Hairgrass as of 11/28 (after a haircut). Filling in nicely if I do say so myself lol :)
http://img718.imageshack.us/img718/7579/11282010.jpg

BradC 01-24-2011 07:52 AM

Tank on 12/5
http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/3899/1252010.jpg

12/9. This just shows how fast the DHG grows in just 4 days!
http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/310/1292010.jpg

12/16
http://img600.imageshack.us/img600/9884/014we.jpg

DHG just wont stop growing! :)
http://img545.imageshack.us/img545/9569/006wp.jpg

BradC 01-24-2011 07:56 AM

12/20 DISCUS ARE HERE!! :)
http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/5042/discusgrass2.jpg

And here is the whole tank on 12/20. DHG needs a haircut ASAP!
http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/6082/discustank.jpg

alan7 01-24-2011 10:20 AM

that is a beautiful tank how many discus do you have in there and is there any other fish/shrimp with them ?

VadimShevchuk 01-24-2011 10:35 AM

That is a really good looking 55 gallon. :smile: Why didn't you add a black background?

mountaindew 01-24-2011 12:42 PM

Good job!
Nice clean healthy setup.
md

Jonno 01-24-2011 01:02 PM

I have a 55 and im quite jealous! This tank is great! what are your running time for the lights and what bulbs do you have?

tunerz 01-24-2011 01:33 PM

What are you fertilizing and how much?

BradC 01-24-2011 04:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by alan7 (Post 1269177)
that is a beautiful tank how many discus do you have in there and is there any other fish/shrimp with them ?

Thank you!

I started out with two like you see in the pictures. About 3 weeks later I added 3 more.

EDIT: Forgot to answer the rest of your question.

Yes I did have 5 Amano shrimp to start the tank off with but soon after the Discus arrived they became lunch lol. I also have 2 SAE and 2 Sterba's Cory cats running around in there. I really wanted more Cory's but the LFS I got them at only had 2 good sized ones and the rest looked really juvenile. I plan on getting 2-4 more as soon as I can find them.

Quote:

Originally Posted by VadimShevchuk (Post 1269178)
That is a really good looking 55 gallon. :smile: Why didn't you add a black background?

Thanks!

I actually thought it would look OK with out one.. Really starting to regret the fact that I didn't put one up just to see how it looks.

Also when I first started I didn't think I was going to use the ledge in the back of the tank to store stuff and thought after the plants grew in it would cover the back anyways.

I also have several suction cups attached to the back of the tank and didn't think they would stick that well to a background.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jonno (Post 1269222)
I have a 55 and im quite jealous! This tank is great! what are your running time for the lights and what bulbs do you have?

I run the lights for 8 hours. 11am-7pm.

Both lights are from Zoo Med. One is an Ultra*Sun 6500K and the other is a Flora*Sun 5000K

Quote:

Originally Posted by tunerz (Post 1269243)
What are you fertilizing and how much?

I fertilize using the EI method for my size tank..

I do use a little less KNO3. After about a week of dosing the 1/2 tsp I was getting readings of over 50-60 ppm.

I think this may have been from the AquaSoil though?

BradC 01-24-2011 04:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mountaindew (Post 1269216)
Good job!
Nice clean healthy setup.
md

Quote:

Originally Posted by MattPeryman (Post 1269140)
Very nice tank! I can't wait to see progress.

Thanks! :)

jwm5 01-24-2011 05:05 PM

looks great, nice work making it look larger than a 55. at least the way you laid everything out looks a lot better than my 55


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